Soldering Rings Together
The Pros and Cons of Soldering Rings Together
The main reason people have their rings soldered together is because they typically slide past one another on the wearer’s finger. This has several disadvantages:
· The friction of unsoldered rings rubbing against the wearer’s skin can be annoying. Without soldering the rings together, this can cause irritation.
· If the rings are designed to be worn together, for example when there are channels on both rings that are supposed to match up with each other, they slide out of alignment and mess up the effect. Soldering the rings together keeps the rings in alignment.
· Over time, the rings will eventually wear each other down. This can cause serious damage to rings themselves and to their resale value.
The Process of Soldering Rings Together
The principles behind soldered rings are the same whether the job involves constructing giant steel pipelines or having rings soldered. Both processes involve selecting the correct flux, knowing the melting point of the metals and cleaning the joint properly. In the case of soldered wedding rings, the melting temperatures of precious metals are thousands of degrees Fahrehnheit, compared to more common metals.
Soldering rings together is a highly specialized skill and requires hours and hours of training in theory and many more hours learning how to handle different metals. Before an aspiring jeweler can even think about working with soldered rings, he or she must invest time in learning how to handle semi-precious metals like copper, brass or nickel. Older techniques involved hard-soldering by flame using oxygen gas or an electric machine, or even using a blowpipe. Today, most jewelers, including Buchroeders, employ modern laser soldering equipment.
Reasons Not to Have Soldered Wedding Rings
It is natural to hesitate about having rings soldered. For many individuals, this is the most precious jewelry they will ever own. Some people worry that soldered rings will be of lower value. However, unless the rings are made by a distinguished, important jeweler. Most of the value of these items lies in the metal and the stones themselves. In many cases, a second-hand jeweler will replace the mountings before reselling, particularly if they have become worn by rubbing against each other. Another reason for having rings soldered together in the first place!
Some people complain that their soldered rings fit more tightly than before they were joined, believing that the process has added metal to the bands. This is actually because the wider the band, the more skin that is displaced. The wider the ring, the tighter it will fit given the same finger size. This needs to be taken into account.
Some people simply prefer to wear the wedding band alone because the work that they do puts pressure on the engagement ring and they don’t want to damage the setting or lose the stone altogether. Sometimes individuals simply prefer to wear one ring at a time.
To Solder, or not to Solder?
Having soldered rings has advantages. They won’t slide apart or damage the design or wear each other out. The jewelers at Buchroeders understand how precious your bridal rings are to you and take the utmost care in doing the job properly and returning them to you quickly.