Post # 1
Maybe it’s just me, but OH MY LORD do I wear the rhodium off of my rings FAST!!!
I *JUST* had them dipped in May and my wedding band is already needing to be dipped AGAIN. (My e-ring is off being put on a wider band, and Darling Husband got me 2 channel set anniversary bands to go with it… squeeeeee)
I’ve been wearing just my original wedding band and a little sparkly I got on Ebay that is rhodium plated sterling silver. Well – the wedding band is already YELLOW. Not slightly – but HELLLOOOOOOO YELLOOOOOOOW.
I was told my addiction to hand sanitizer and lotion was probably a culprit, so I’ve cut back (I swear!) AND I started taking my rings off when I sleep, which I never used to do. I also take them off when I shower now in case shampoo or soap was affecting it. I don’t wear them if I use harsh cleaners (which, let’s face it… isn’t nearly often enough!) and I try and make sure if I DO use lotions I take them off and leave them off a few minutes while the lotion sinks in.
Does ANYONE else have this issue? I swear mine need to be dipped every 3 months or less and it’s FRUSTRATING to have to go without them for 2 weeks each time. Thankfully it’s covered in my lifetime warranty but that doesn’t make up for not having them for so long, so often. Platinum would have solved the issue but it was out of budget and I had never heard of palladium until the Bee. Has anyone figured out a way to make it last longer? Any suggestions? Maybe something I’m doing that I don’t realize I’m doing??? I’m just aggravated!
(DH said I should get a local jeweler to dip them – he swears that the original store will never know the difference but I’m terrified of something happening and my warranty not being valid!)
Post # 3
@MrsMc77: I have 14k white gold for both my ering and wedding band, I only get them dipped once a year and I always have my rings on lol. I really just get them dipped because I love the super duper shine they have when first done. Are you sure yours aren’t just plated yellow gold??
Post # 4
I have platinum so I can’t offer comparison, but would it be in the budget now to upgrade to platinum for you? It sounds like a PITA to get it redipped and it could add up in price?
Post # 5
@Chicagochic: I’m sure. I do have a ring that is plated yellow gold. It is a family ring and I didn’t want to pay to have the setting changed, so I had it plated. It has held up to occasional wear without the slightest hint of showing the yellow through. I really think that this other place is just cheaping out on me. Barely plating or using watered-down material. ( I’ve heard that from 2 people that worked there – the manager even wrote on my last slip – PLEASE DOUBLE COAT!)
PS – When I say my rings are YELLOW… I mean for white gold, not nearly as yellow as YELLOW gold…lol
Post # 6
@MrsMc77: Maybe it’s just your body chemistry? My sister beats the HECK out of her rings- you can tell the rhodium is worn off, but they aren’t yellow. They are still “white”, just not that bright white that rhodium offers.
I honestly don’t think that the place you bought your rings is going to be able to tell that you had them dipped elsewhere- it would take A LOT of work to prove that you did, and just a dip is not worth thier time or reputation being tarnished. Where did you you get it, if you don’t mind me asking?
My e-ring was purchased online, and I am supposed to have all work done there. But I wouldn’t hesitate to have it dipped locally.
Post # 7
@MrsMc77: I would absolutely go to another jeweler then!! You’ll probably notice a difference right away! I’m So bad with my rings, I even swim in chlorine with them lol
Post # 8
this title made me lol. but i have to get mine redipped about every three months as well. i like to get it re dipped when i take it to get clean because it looks soo shiny! i have no solution though.
Post # 9
Yes, I need to get mine redipped all the time. I was told to stop cleaning it, and I cut out hand sanitizers. I think it’s just our chemistry, and maybe since the weather has been warm, something about sweat?
Post # 10
Yup, I’m like you sister 😉 My skin chemistry eats off the rhodium in no time, and I also need to redip white gold every 3 months or so. My solution (because it was annoying), is I had the shank of my white gold e-ring removed and replaced with a platinum shank. This wasn’t as expensive as purchasing a platinum ring or as remaking my ring in platinum. It was a $1000 work-order 😉 So the basket of my ring is still in white gold, along with all the prongs, but my plain shank is beautiful platinum. The top part of my ring has not turned yellow at all in the 6 months I’ve been wearing it since the last rhodium plating.
I wear a single eternity band in white gold and it has had it’s prongs turn yellow-ish after less than 3 months. Because the colour is even all around the ring, I am actually liking the warm colour 🙂 I might let it all turn creamy yellow.
My modified shank:
Notice the yellow prongs on my white gold ring (the one on the bottom, the top is rose gold):
For fun, here is an unplated 18k white gold ring this woman wears…isn’t it gorgeous?!!!
Post # 11
@MrsMc77: I haven’t redipped mine yet & I’ve had it for over a year.
Post # 12
OP I feel your pain – just sent mine off on Friday to be redipped for the first time (got engaged in Dec but noticed the warmer tone this spring 🙁 ).
Is it true that with each dip it reinforces the coating? I hope so! My wedding band is white gold as well so I’ll be curious to see how that goes once I start wearing that (got e-rin and band from different stores).
Post # 13
I’ve worn a white gold ring on my right hand since I was in 8th grade — It still looks as bright and silvery as a brand new white gold ring.
I’ve never needed a white gold ring re-dipped. My engagement ring is the same way, and looks beautiful.
Post # 14
@MrsMc77: The whole redipping thing is why I decided to get my ring copied in platinum.
I found that with daily wear (taking it off for sleeping, cooking, showering, swimming etc, but not for washing my hands) it started to yellow within a few months, getting to the point I would want it replating every 6 months. Because of cost, I only got it replated once and just put up with it as I knew I was getting a new ring; had I stuck with it, I’d probably have had it redipped every 8 months max.
Post # 15
gold is the only metal on earth that has the gorgeous gold color…why hide it? Bet your unplated white gold ring is lovely.
Post # 16
@Scintillante: Those rings are gorgeous!
The problem with mine is that I am having it put on a thicker band (my 2mm was so thin from sizing and it turned so fast that I thought maybe a thicker band would be better.) But the HEAD of my ring that holds the diamond IS platinum. I just don’t have the funds to swap all my rings out for platinum so I’m stuck dealing with shipping them off.
@MrsEME: It was bought at Kay. It’s a LEO diamond. At the time I was enamoured of their warranty, which really is fantastic. But I HATE HATE HATE that they ship off my rings when they dip them and they’re gone for 2 weeks or so. If they were dipping locally I’d have ZERO complaints, even though they turn so fast.
I don’t think they’d know it was dipped if I had it done elsewhere – my thought is that if it was lost/damaged… my warranty wouldn’t be valid if it was somewhere else.