When Should You Solder Wedding Rings?
Tired of your diamond engagement ring and your wedding band circling randomly around your finger? Or maybe you are still waiting for the big day, but wonder how your engagement ring and wedding band will both stay on? Ben Garelick Jewelers recommends soldering your wedding band and your engagement ring approximately one week after your wedding day. Here’s why.
Why Should I Solder My Wedding Rings?
Unless you’re planning to wear your diamond engagement ring without the wedding band or vice versa, at anytime, most brides prefer to have their rings soldered together.
Less wear & tear
When you wear your two rings next to each other, they rub together and will wear both rings down. You’ll start noticing wear after just a few years, especially with rings made of gold metal. Usually, the underside or side of your prongs wear out and eventually the diamonds can fall out! When you solder your engagement ring and wedding band together, the two rings stop rubbing up against each other and that means less maintenance for you and more money saved in the long run.
Engagement rings and wedding rings have a tendency to spin around on your finger, especially when you have a heavy center diamond or large center stone. They can catch on your other fingers and pinch your skin when it gets caught between the two rings. By soldering your rings together, your two rings become one and it fits comfortably.
Many couples purchase engagement rings and wedding bands in a set, meaning they were designed to look as one ring when fitted together properly. For example, when you line up the two rings, you will want the scroll from your engagement ring to flow into your scroll on your wedding band. You will want your channel set diamonds on your wedding band to line up perfectly with the channel on your engagement ring. These matches can only be made successfully when you solder the two rings together in their exact placement.
When you make the choice to solder your wedding band and engagement ring, consider these best practices:
- Have the jeweler check to make sure the engagement ring and the wedding band have equal inside diameters
- Point out the correct alignment of the two rings, and if there is a correct side of the engagement ring that the wedding band goes on
- Your wedding band should be soldered to your engagement ring in at least two spots. At Ben Garelick Jewelers, we solder at the top and the bottom of the ring for added strenth and increased security. Soldering in one spot is easier (and less money), but the rings can flex, loosening diamond settings. Plus they won't stay secure as long with the daily stress of removing the rings from your fingers over a period of time.
- The soldering should be done carefully so that it still looks like two rings on the back side, and not one single ring.
- NOTE - Once your rings are soldered together, they act like one ring and thus will fit tighter. When you drop your rings off to be soldered, Ben Garelick will size your rings so they fit properly. At home, if you want to see if you can take the rings off together then the fit is fine. If you cannot remove your rings together, then they will need to be adjusted a little larger. If the ring(s) go on easily and there is slight resistance (most likely at your knuckle) when they are removed, you’re in good shape.
Let Ben Garelick Jewelers Solder Your Rings
After you had a blast on your honeymoon, bring your engagement and wedding rings to Ben Garelick Jewelers for soldering. Ben Garelick is Buffalo, New York’s best jeweler and we look forward to assisting you on soldering your rings! If you have any questions please feel free to Contact us at (716) 631-1584 or jump online and chat with one of our jewelry experts.