This question is all too common for women who are debating what to do with their engagement ring and wedding bands. There is no right or wrong answer; it all depends on the design of your rings as well as your personal preference. However, if soldering can be done to your wedding rings it may be something to consider.
Choose NOT to Solder
There can be many reasons for not soldering your engagement ring and wedding band together, whether it is because your job does not permit large jewellery which includes your engagement ring, lifestyle choices where you may only want to wear your wedding band by itself, etc. However, keep in mind that since the rings are not soldered together they constantly rub against each other which will eventually wear down the gold and could cause the shank of the ring to break. This repair can be costly, to the point where in some cases, the wedding rings may have to be remade all together.
Choose TO Solder
Some wedding bands are custom made to fit with the engagement ring perfectly! So why not just make the two rings one immaculate ring. Soldering your rings together strengthens the bands on both rings because two bands become one strong band. Soldering also keeps the rings from spinning and sliding around your finger; they remain as a clean and perfect set all of the time.
*Take Note: Ensure that the rings are sized to be soldered. Once the rings are soldered the band will now be wider and will therefore always fit tighter than a narrow single engagement ring and wedding band.
Can Soldering be Undone?
Yes! In most cases, soldering is a reversible process that can be done with minimal risk to your rings. The jeweler will carefully cut the rings apart and once they are separated they are filed and polished. Once this process is complete your engagement ring and wedding band will look as they did that special day you first received them.
Reasons to Unsolder your Rings
There are a number of reasons why you would need/want your rings to be unsoldered. Your rings would need to be unsoldered if they need to be resized (they can then be soldered back together), you may want to upgrade one or more of your rings, you may get tired of wearing both rings together or you may have a job that prevents you from wearing any jewellery, including engagement rings, where diamonds are pungent and could get caught on clothing or what not (perfect example is a solitaire engagement ring).
Whatever your decision may be, remember, there is no right answer, only your personal preference.
When you think about the town or city you live in, you may not necessarily think about what makes your community feel as “unique” and special as it does. Local businesses have a lot to do with this.
Local merchants take pride in the community they are representing and want to see it succeed. In doing so, they tend to keep their business local as well. For example, if a local merchant wishes to advertise they will work with a local advertising firm, and keep the advertisements local. This provides more jobs within the community and helps the local economy.
While shopping at local businesses, whether you’re from the community or not, you will most likely feel more welcomed into the store than if you were to walk into a chain or “big box” store. With fewer staff, you aren’t juggled between multiple sales associates; you are usually dealing with one or two staff who are there to make you happy. You will feel as though you are talking to a friend, not a sales associate. Local business owners want you to feel comfortable and satisfied that you are purchasing the right product from the right retailer.
The long term health of a community is very important to local merchants as well. They invest in their community’s future to keep it vibrant and strong. A great way of giving back to the community is by supporting local charities and events. Doing this makes sure that all donations stay within the community and therefore help fellow neighbours.
As a local Barrie business, we love to give back to our community. At Jeff Walters Jewellers, we support a total of 6 local charities including: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District, Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, RVH Cancer Research, Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, Children’s Aid Society of Simcoe County and Autism Ontario.
Our amazing community is how we got to where we are today, and we thank all of those who have supported