Though many brides are choosing non-traditional weddings today, one aspect of the traditional marriage ceremony has continued to be relatively popular for most brides: the purchase of both an engagement ring and a wedding ring.
Some married women prefer to wear one ring on each hand, while others prefer to wear them together on the same finger. If you fall into the category of the latter, you may want to consider fusing the two rings. Before you make your decision, consider the pros and cons of soldering your wedding band and engagement ring together.
#1 – Less Wear
When you wear your rings side-by-side, they will frequently turn and rub against each other. Over as little as a few years, this movement will cause scratches and dents to form. If you have a ring made of gold, this is even more likely, as gold is quite soft.
By fusing your rings, they will no longer undergo wear and tear as often, improving their longevity and reducing repair costs down the line.
#2 – Improved Appearance
Some wedding bands have notches and curves that result in them looking best when next to the engagement ring. Whether your engagement and wedding rings form a set or were purchased separately, fusing them may make them more visually appealing.
To ensure that both rings are always lined up, simply fuse them together.
#3 – Improved Comfort
While wedding bands generally stay put, engagement rings are likely to spin, due to the weight of the stone. This causes the gem and mounts to rub against your other fingers, which can be uncomfortable for some.
Fusing your rings creates a thicker band, and therefore provides more support for the diamond. Though this won’t completely prevent the ring from spinning, it will make it much less likely.
#1 – Separation is No Longer an Option
Of course, once the rings are fused, you will no longer be able to separate them if you wish. Though it may be possible to separate them again down the line, this cannot always be done without inflicting damage.
However, if you already wear them together all the time, then you’re unlikely to want to separate them in the future. The likelihood of this will differ from person to person, so be honest with yourself about what works for your lifestyle.
#2 – Lost Versatility
If you decide to renew your marriage vows in the future, you may decide to upgrade your wedding bands. Some women like to pair their engagement rings with multiple wedding bands, depending on the occasion.
Once connected, you will lose this versatility. If you’re fine wearing a renewal wedding band on its own, then this may not be a problem.
#3 – Interference with Lifestyle
Do you wear your engagement ring all the time right now, or do you take it off for activities such as weight lifting and gardening? More importantly, does your profession require you to remove your rings?
Some women find that their engagement ring isn’t always practical to wear and choose to adorn the wedding band only on certain occasions. Once you’ve fused the two, if you have to remove your engagement ring, the wedding band will have to come off too.