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Stainless steel wedding bands/sets?

Has anyone ever used stainless steel wedding bands/sets instead of more 'traditional' metals?

I'm HARD on my hands, being disabled. It's nothing for me to have chipped/cracked/rough nails, cuts, scratches, etc. (Right now, I have 5 marks on my right hand, 1 mark and 2 sore nails on the left hand) I would HATE for my ering to get broken or bent because of my hands.

FH says he's totally willing to trade in my current ering (a marquise solitaire in 10K white gold) for a setting in stainless steel, but he doesn't want to go and have us do this if the stainless steel doesn't hold up like the 10k gold is.

Thoughts?

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arwen_17
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
My husband has a stainless steel band made by someone on etsy. It's heavy, so he doesn't wear it all the time (neither of us do).

He likes it though! Sorry I don't have more to offer.</p>

Just be careful; bleach will rust stainless steel.

doeeyedbecky
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, I take ALL jewelry off when cleaning/using bleach, so That wouldn't be an issue.

How does it hold up to bumps/dings?
eightydollsyell
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
when I was working more with my hands and wearing gloves a lot I got a plain stainless steel band to replace my set for maybe $20 on amazon and it held up quite well. Maybe somebody who knows more about jewelry than I do can weigh in but I wouldn't do a prong set stone in stainless.
doeeyedbecky
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up. We were looking on etsy yesterday and someone said they got cut on the setting/prongs.
narcotiiccharm
Jul. 22nd, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
Have you considered Tungsten rings?

My husband got one as he is a baker and he did his research and found it's a really high quality and highly durable ring for people who work with their hands a lot, so it may be a good idea for you, being that your hands end up being knocked around a bit.
dancing_ghost
Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
After my husband lost his wedding band (grr) I replaced it with stainless steel because it's super cheap, and if he's going to be losing them, he's getting cheap. He's only had it since January, but it has held up fine.

I also have a friend who was a waitress (so, she used her hands a lot at work) who has had a stainless steel wedding band/ering for...five years? And hers have held up in that time.

That said, like the person above me said Tungsten (and titanium) are virtually indestructible. I have titanium, and my husband had Tungsten before he lost it. However, I've never seen stones set in them and I'm not sure it's possible.
jordanzwei
Jul. 23rd, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)
My husband works on cars a lot, works out in the yard and plays guitar. He is super hard on his hands, but his tungsten carbide ring is just as nice as it was when we got married 4 years ago. :)
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