Benefits of soldering your engagement ring to your wedding band
Soldering minimizes wear
Wearing unsoldered rings together damages the sides of the two rings. Eventually diamonds fall out, or the entire top portion collapses.
This wear is noticeable after just a few years, especially with gold (white, yellow or rose gold). Platinum engagement rings also show wear, but much more slowly.
For rings that are very worn and beyond repair, we remake them exactly, using your diamonds and metal.
Soldering makes it look better
Unsoldered wedding sets frequently move and don’t line up. There can be a constant checking and straightening. Soldering your rings keeps them lined up.
The more top heavy your engagement ring is (i.e. a thinner band with a large diamond or halo), the more it will tend to turn. Soldering doesn’t eliminate the turning, but it will reduce it!
Your rings look best as a set
If your wedding band is notched or has unique curves, it may not look as good without your engagement ring.
Soldering the rings together is probably a good choice.
Benefits of not soldering your wedding band to your engagement ring
You wear your wedding band alone
Some people want to wear just their wedding band when on vacation for vacation. Consider an inexpensive travel ring instead.
If you are in the medical field with frequent gloving and de-gloving, you may want to keep your rings separate and wear just your wedding band to work. Select a band style that is lower in height and straight. Then you can add your engagement ring for weekends and special occasions!
Unsoldered rings are easier to remove
One wider ring is slightly harder to remove than two thinner rings. If your rings are already on the tight side, you might need to have them sized up a tiny bit before soldering them together.
Rings should be the same size
Have the jeweler check that the engagement ring and the wedding band have equal inside diameters. Otherwise, they won't line up. You might need to have one of your rings sized.
Rings should be soldered securely
At Fox Fine Jewelry we solder all along the back side for increased security. Soldering in one spot is easier and faster, but the rings can flex and crack, and loosen your diamonds.
Make sure the alignment is correct
Many wedding bands can be soldered on either side of the engagement ring, and in either direction! Point out your desired alignment to the jeweler, especially if your rings aren't symmetrical.
Still not sure if you should solder them?
Most brides think they'll wear their wedding band without their engagement ring, but in practice, few do. After a few months, you’ll know if you should solder your rings together.