Post # 1
Hey Bees. I’ve been shopping for a wedding band to go with my .30 solitaire, and a hard labor ring to wear when I have to do my traditional wife duties. I went to a jewelry store this weekend and tried on a few bands, while i tried them on we kept going through the normal C’s discussion, stacking and Rhodium plating came up and the jeweler showed me a ring that had faded and he told me that its been in the store for a long time and that’s why it needed to be re-plated and suggested that I get it as a RHR or a Hard Labor Ring. Its a half eternity band, with CZ set in white Gold. He gave me a great deal (R1700)and said he change the stones to blue CZ since I love sapphires so much and of cause re-plate it.
My question is, could this ring actually be pre-owned and have faded from being worn by the previous owner?
Can Rhodium plating fade from the band being in the store?
Post # 2
Rhodium plating generally fades from wear and tear. I haven’t heard of a rhodium plated ring wearing down in a store. Maybe a lot of people have tried the ring on in the store for several years and the plating’s worn off? That’s the only thing I can think of.
Post # 3
SapphierMe: What is R1700? Are you talking about rand?
Post # 4
If you meant rand then that is not a good deal for a CZ band. The plating could have worn off in the store, I guess, if it was handled a lot. If it was previously owned it would probably show other marks (slight dings or scratches). Anyway if the jeweler is replacing all the stones and replating it, that kinda makes it new again. But don’t pay 1700 rand, if that is what you meant! Try Berricle.com, I’ve worn an eternity ring from them for 2 years, been really rough with it (all those traditional wife duties lol), and it’s in great condition! Plus it was so cheap, it’s easy to replace if it does end up damaged.
Post # 5
I dont think R1700 is bad but I don’t think it’s that great either…especially if he is going to replate it and change the stones. My replating cost a lil over R600.
Post # 6
akirasan: ive read up on rhodium plating and its only mentioned that it fades from wear and tear. if i do buy it it will be as a Hard Labor ring.
valintine: Yes, i mean Rands. to be honest at the time i didnt pay too much attention to the ring coz it had CZ and i was looking for a diamond band for my solitaire and not a RHR, He sent it of to their work shop for the quote so i cant check for for scraches and dings. maybe i should keep shopping.
ksn1219: The replating would be free, the R1700 is for the 9ct white gold ring and the stones. if i keep the current setting it’ll be R1000. I was more concerned with his honesty regarding the plating. But Doubt means Dont soo…..