Should You Solder Your Rings Together?
Is soldering—aka fusing your engagement ring and wedding band together—for you? You're probably attached at the
hip ring finger with both anyway—but turning two of your most coveted and sentimental pieces of jewelry into one has its pros and cons. Below, decide if the "procedure" is for you.
Pro: You reduce wear and tear.
Two different metal rings will inevitably rub up against each other, corroding each ring. By soldering your rings together at your local jewelry store (it typically costs as low as $45), you reduce the everyday wear and tear caused by the friction—and will ultimately find yourself spending less money on metal maintenance in the long run.
Con: You have to wear both at all times.
If you can't think of a scenario in which you'll need to take one of your rings off, great—because you'll no longer have the freedom to do so. For instance, if your lifestyle requires you to remove your engagement ring frequently (maybe you're constantly getting your hands dirty, or you work in a field that requires you to take it off for safety reasons), you'll want to think twice about soldering. Your band and ring will be a package deal from now on.
Pro: They won't slide around.
Perfectionists, this one's for you: If it annoys you when your rings don't line up perfectly, soldering is probably the solution you're looking for. Maybe you want the channel set diamonds on your band to match the channel set diamonds on your engagement ring—and when you solder them together, you can always count on them matching up (and looking perfect) at all times.
Con: You risk damaging them if you change your mind later.
Yes, it's definitely possible to reverse the soldering down the line if you happen to change your mind, but you do risk damaging one or both rings if you decide to do so. Maybe you want to pass down your engagement ring as a family heirloom—it might be an issue if it's soldered together with your wedding band.
Pro: They'll fit more comfortably.
Not only will your rings look better when they're not sliding around constantly, they'll also feel cozier on your hand. First off, your center stone won't be constantly spinning and thrashing around, hitting your other fingers. Secondly, by soldering your rings together, the skin between the two rings will no longer be subjected to that uncomfortable pinching sensation. Score.