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Quote this post and reply to it Post#1 @ 02-04-02 , 06:27 PM


I would like to know whether it is recommended that wedding & engagement rings be soldered together even when they don't need to be in order to fit together properly. I have a plain 18K 2 mm wide gold band and a plainTiffany style 2 mm wide 18K solitaire and they do NOT need to be soldered together in order to hold them in position properly. What I want to know is -
1. Will soldering prevent wear and tear on the rings?
2. Will this provide a wider base and decrease spinning of the solitaire?
3. Will it be harder to clean in the crevice between the 2 rings?
4. If I change my mind later, will it be easy to split the rings up again without damaging them?

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#2 @ 02-04-02 , 07:22 PM


I can't answer your question definitively, but I think you should consider soldering to be a relatively permanent process.

If the rings don't have to be soldered together, I personally would not do so. There might be times (cooking, camping, traveling) where you want to leave your engagement ring at home but wear your gold wedding band.

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Here is one advantage of not soldering the rings together: You can wear the wedding band alone without the solitare.

You may want to do this if you have a job where you work with sharp metal objects, or if you go on a camping trip. If the rings are not soldered, then you have that option.

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#4 @ 02-04-02 , 07:40 PM


Sorry, I can't definitively answer any of those. Personally, I'd never solder my rings. It's too great of a change to think of it as anything but damaging.

Plus, there are just so many times where I'd want to wear them separately: baking, cleaning, doing heavy lifting, traveling in an area I wouldn't feel safe flashing a diamond around, etc.

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I had a college friend who soldered both her rings together. She wanted to do that because she was a med student, and had put her rings on, and take them off intermittently, depending on which class she was attending. She soldered her rings together because she was afraid of losing one of them.

Personally, I would not solder my rings together. I think the look is stronger if I have separate rings that fit together. Also, there are occasions when I want to wear my wedding band only.

Oh. I can't conclusively answer your questions either. I just wanted to give you the input I had on soldered rings.

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I left out an important bit of information. This set is a 20th anniversary upgrade for me. I still have my old gold band which I can and will wear separately sometimes, so I would not need to keep the rings on the new set separate in order to have a plain wedding ring to wear. I was told at the local jewelers that they recommend soldering rings together whenever possible to decrease wear and tear, so that is really what my question is addressing.

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#7 @ 02-05-02 , 10:25 AM


I agree with the 4 above. But you did say that wearing them seperate was not a concern but you did mention wear/tear and cleaning the crevices a concern. I can tell you what I see from my observations about the cleaning part->Some of my mother's friends who had that done had a very hard time preventing the area where the two rings met-from appearing really dark and couldn't get it shiny again. Even after professional cleanings,

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My mom soldered her rings together at around the 25-year mark, because the wedding band (which was only about 2mm to begin with) had gotten worn really badly. She also has a separate wedding band. I never noticed any awful-looking goo where the two rings were attached, so it might just be an individual soldering-job issue.

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