An engagement ring and a wedding band shown separately, then shown soldered together

Should I solder my engagement ring to my wedding band?

Benefits of soldering your engagement ring to your wedding band

A ring worn next to a band without being soldered together shows wear and tear of metal worn away.

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.

This engagement ring and ring guard is soldered together to keep the design centered

Soldering makes it look better

Alignment

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.

Turning

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!

A wavy wedding band fits up into the contour of the engagement ring with an offset pear bezel set diamond

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.

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Benefits of not soldering your wedding band to your engagement ring

A straight wedding band worn alone, without an 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!

Princess cut channel set engagement ring with two wedding bands framing it for an overall wide look

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.

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  • 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.

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