Post # 1
Hello Bees! This might be a silly question, I’ve searched the forum to see if anyone has asked this before, but not sure if I’m using the correct search terms…anyway, my mom will be giving my SO a ring of hers to give to me. I absolutely LOVE it! The only thing is, the few pieces of jewelry I own are in sterling silver/white gold (I have a big preference for that colour as opposed to straight up gold). I’m curious, is it possible to get a gold ring dipped in white gold, or maybe even platinum? Excuse my ignorance, I’m a total newbie when it comes to nice jewelry :p And if it wouldn’t be possible, I would still love the ring just as it is.
Here is a photo of the ring (on my mom’s hand) in case it matters – not sure if the diamonds and detailing would make coating it impossible, as opposed to say a simple band. We’ll be going to get it sized together in a week, so I know I can just ask at the jewlery store if this would be possible, but if it’s impossible/a stupid question I can save myself the embarassment in the store, and instead embarass myself on here 😉
Thanks in advance! 🙂
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Post # 2
It can be rhodium plated but it will be very obvious when the rhodium plating begins to wear off. It will need to be plated more regularly than a white gold ring.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2014 - Monte Carlo inn
Technically, you can. Do jewellers recommend it? No. Why? Because it won’t last very long and you will probrably have to redip it in a matter of a couple of months. Ive seen lots of people try to dip their gold jewelry white and while you can do it, many of them just ended up resetting their ring into white gold. In the long run , resetting your ring costs less than paying every few months to re-dip.
but I do understand that you probrbaly wouldn’t want to reset for sentimental values…
Post # 4
As the previous posters said, any piece of jewelry can be rhodium plated, which will make it appear white. However, for a daily wear piece like a ring, that plating will wear off fairly quickly, and even faster if your skin isn’t friendly to plating (some people’s rings wear much faster than others due to their skin chemistry). It will wear unevenly and the yellow gold will be VERY apparent when it starts to wear. Plating generally runs betwee $40 and $70, depending on where you live and where you go to have it done. Multiply that by probably a minimum of 3 times per year, and likely more, and pretty soon it starts to be real money.
I’ve never been a big fan of trying to turn jewelry into something it’s not. Either love it for what it is or choose something else. As a PP again mentioned, you could have a setting remade in platinum but that would probably not be a good idea because it is an heirloom piece.
Post # 5
Thanks for all of your responses – I didn’t even think of plating wearing off, it doesn’t sound like that would be a good option. I’ll just enjoy this new ring as my first ever gold one – it certainly has sentimental value and I think its beautiful, so won’t be difficult!
Thanks again for the info 🙂
Post # 6
Is it possible to have the diamond reset into a similiar setting? I wouldn’t recommend dipping them like everyone else said. It will fade faster than regular white gold.
Post # 7
AAaaaaaaaaa. I love your claddagh ring!!!!!!!! It’s gorgeous and I wouldn’t change it even if I could! A lot of women love the mixed metal thing, perhaps you just need to get used to the idea of mixed metal and soon enough the difference between your jewelery won’t really be a big deal and you wont notice it much anymore. Ugh!!! I’m so jealous right now lol. My Fiance gave me a silver claddagh ring during a more difficult time in our relationship and I love it soooo much.
Post # 8
Thank you so much! You’re totally right about the fact that I’ll probably get used to mixed metal. And sweet story about your Fiance giving you a claddagh ring during a tough time, thoughtful jewelry like that is so special so I’m sure you treasure it. I will also treasure this ring as it is – looks like dipping isn’t a good option so I won’t mess with it! Thanks for your feedback <3
Post # 9
OMG that is a gorgrous Claddagh ring! I would leave it as is (natural gold) and go ahead and wear white metal for RHRs , necklaces, bracelets ect if you like. Mixing metals is beautiful and luckily it is also now very fashionable . Congrats on the beautiful ring!
Post # 10
I have rings that I plated quite a while ago and haven’t needed them redone. My mother plated her sapphire and diamond ering 2 years ago and it still looks fine. The ring has to be cleaned perfectly before the plating in order for it to adhere well. I clean my rings on a daily basis and the jewelers cleaned it again. I did the same for my mother’s ring.. Then I keep it cIean thereafter. I suspect this lessens the effect of skin acids upon the plating plus I’m always washing my hands at work.