Has anyone rhodium plated yellow gold to white?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What do you think?
    I think it is a great idea! : (10 votes)
    29 %
    Waste of money! ($65) : (12 votes)
    34 %
    It is so fun to change up your wedding set...GO FOR IT! : (2 votes)
    6 %
    I think it will be ok since you will only wear it every once in a while :) : (4 votes)
    11 %
    I think that channel ring is ugly in yellow or white gold! : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Chocolate is yummy!!! : (5 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 5
    1261 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    If you’re not wearing it all the time I think it’s perfectly fine.  When I had my first engagement ring ( 10 years ago) it was yellow gold and white gold was just starting to get real popular, I decided to rhodium plate it…it looked great at first, but because it was my wedding set I wore it all the time and it started to wear off on the bottom pretty quick. If you’re not wearing the ring all time it will last longer.

    It’s not a waste of money if you like it and enjoy it….matter of opinion.

    Post # 6
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    You may have to have it dipped twice.  Then keep up with it every 6 months- a year.

    Post # 7
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    Oh and I have my jewelry rhodium plated every year…. I have never paid more than $35. Maybe you should check out other places to compare prices.

    Post # 8
    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I have my mom’s wedding set from my dad (I’m their only child and she gave it to my husband for me), and I have it rhodium dipped.  It’s worked well so far, but I do have to get it redipped.

    I really like the look because I am not a fan of yellow gold, but the bands themselves have special meaning to me, so it was win win to try and have them dipped.

    Post # 9
    2738 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It should work. But after the plating, the bottom of the ring will turn back to yellow much faster than the top, which could bother you. Yellow gold is making such a comeback…perhaps it’s worth considering keeping it that rich yellow colour? 😉 

    Post # 10
    631 posts
    Busy bee

    The top one shows my grandmothers 22ct yellow gold ring and I paid £25 to have it rhodium plated and have worn it every day now for about six weeks and it is as good as new.  The jeweller warned it would eventually wear off but at that price I am happy to replace when necessary.  I absolutely love it and recommend it.

    Post # 11
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    @GelaMac:  My SIL did this with a family ring.  It was yellow gold and she re-plated it silver.  If you hate yellow gold, then it’s not a waste of money.  But it is something you will have to keep doing over the years.  When you get a ring dipped, it will slowly wear off.  So you will need to get it re-dipped anywhere from once every 6 months to once every few years.

    Post # 12
    5482 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @GelaMac:  I had mine reset from yellow to rose gold. It wasn’t much with the price of the gold as trade in! Something to consider. Same ring, different metal!

    Post # 13
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Hmmm that’s funny that she said it would be a waste of money.

    Is this a trusted jeweler or just a random jeweler you picked?

    I have never had this done, but I am planning on having it done to a yellow gold ring that I have… it would seem to me that if you’re having it dipped for the first time, you would need to follow up and have it re-dipped every six months or so until you get a few coats on it. I don’t know that for a fact; it’s just a hunch.

    I agree with PPs that it’s not a waste of money if you really want the white gold instead of the yellow gold. It’s odd that the sales clerk argued with you about it! Whatever happened to “the customer is always right…”?

    Post # 14
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Hi @GelaMac:  I read your post, and immediately think of one from a couple of Months ago by @BeckyS0:  where she was unknowingly sold a Yellow Gold Ring by a Pawn Shop that they were passing off as White Gold (had been Rhodium Plated) in an effort for the Pawn Shop to dump / push some of the older merchandise they had on hand.


     If you look at that post, you can clearly see that Gold Gold doesn’t hold Rhodium Plating nearly as well as White Gold due to the immense contrast in colours the difference is waaaaay more visible over a short period of time when the Rhodium Plating wears away (Gold & White vs White & White)

    Anyhow that post has pics so you can very clearly see the difference in wear as the rhodium dissipates.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 16
    279 posts
    Helper bee

    I work at a jewellery store and have had several customers who rhodium plate their yellow gold rings. It usually last about 6 months to a year with daily wear from what I have seen. You’d have to get it plated just slightly more often than you would a white gold ring, since it is more obvious when it starts to wear off.

     I have noticed that sometimes when the rings come back from the goldsmith there are parts where the rhodium didn’t stick, and it is still yellow – underneath the diamonds, or on the inside of the basket on engagement rings  I think it’s because they have to buff the gold to get the rhodium to adhere, and they can’t really reach into those places to buff it.  The first time I saw one come back like that I asked the goldsmith if there’s anything more he can do to get the rhodium to adhere to those parts and he told me no, it’s just the way it is.

    So just a warning that you may still see some yellow on the inside of the ring, but it shouldn’t be visible at all while you are wearing it – all you should see is the nice, white rhodium plated part while it’s on your finger.

     It shouldn’t be overly expensive (we charge $60 at my store) and if you changed your mind in the future for some reason they can just buff it off again. So I would definitely say to go for it if you think you would wear it more that way. It’s a cheap and easy way to change up the look of a ring without having to reset it,

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