(Closed) Another metal question- rhodium plated sterling silver.

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have some rhodium plated silver rings, one is my engagement ring.  They look great, but just like white gold the rhodium will wear off if you wear it frequently.  It won’t make the silver any stronger, so it may still wear and bend in time, from what I understand.  I think it will hold up for a while (maybe a year or two, possibly longer?) but eventually you’ll run into the same problems you will with regular sterling silver.  That ring is AMAZING, but I’d be hesitant to use it as an engagement ring, because it may not last forever.  

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Silver is not designed for everyday wear like gold is, so if you go too long between platings you could get a tarnished ring (which means you will have to remove some of the metal to get rid of the tarnish). I have never heard of rhodium plated silver before and would be very skeptical of it, especially for something as important as your engagement ring.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

those are teeny tiny prongs in the micropave. I think that if you wear that ring every day, eventually you will begin to lose lots and lots of stones. 

it would be good as a temporary ring if you plan to upgrade one day. or it would be good as a ring that you would only wear on occasion but not every single day for the rest of your life. 

I think sterling silver can be very suitable and durable for some types of wedding rings worn every day, but only if they are not delicate. for example: plain bands w/o stones, or chunky bezel or channel settings. that metal needs to be thick in order to stand up to the test of time. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would also like to add that I’ve had one rhodium plated ring for about 6 months, worn frequently (not daily, but about once a week or so?) including a vacation where I wore it to the beach and ocean everyday for a week straight.  It still looks great, so it has help up *so far*.  Plated silver is rather common, QVC has a whole line of it called ‘Epiphany’.  As for tarnishing, if you polish silver and wear it regularly tarnishing won’t be an issue.  I’d be more concerned with the little prongs bending and losing a stone, or the bottom wearing out over time and breaking.  

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@asscherlover:  unplated silver jewelry does not tarnish on the surface if you wear it every day. friction from your skin and clothes keeps tarnishing away.

but if you have clear gemstones, it’s possible that the area inside the setting will get tarnished (because your clothes and skin are not constantly rubbing up agains that area), thus making the stone look duller. in that case, you definitely want silver rings with stones to be rhodium plated. 

(however, see my previous post above where I explain why I would never choose a super delicate prong setting in silver)

the rhodium plating may wear off the outer surface of the ring and you may never notice because silver is very white.  but it won’t rub off the inside of the setting since nothing can really get to it to rub it off (like your skin and clothes).  

also, good quality silver tarnishes way less often than low quality. my cheap silver jewelry (like from wal mart)  tarnishes super fast, but my handmade stuff takes a loooong time to start to change color. (the impurities get drawn out during the many heating & cleanings that happen during the creation.)

sorry, that was long. it’s just that I used to craft fine silver jewelry and I know a lot about it. 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@MabelleBliss:  yes, I’m sure you could reuse all of the stones if you really wanted to. but it might cost more (because the whole setting would likely be hand made). 

I’ve seen lots of prefab settings that already come with the small stones and you just provide your own center stone. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have quite the budget gemstone collection, and most of the rings I buy are lab stones set in sterling silver. Most sterling silver you find in department stores is coated in rhodium. The idea is that it keeps the silver super white and protects it from tarnishing. If you’re buying a silver gemstone ring from a store you can get a warranty and they will replate your ring anytime (just like white gold.) One thing to be aware of is you can’t use the same jewelry cleaner- anything harsh will strip the rhodium. I clean my rhodium coated rings in hot water with a bit of dish detergent. I think silver is a great way to save money on a ring as long as you can get it redipped once in a while. Just my two cents.

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