(Closed) Can a gold ring be dipped in white gold?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014 - Monte Carlo inn

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bluephoenix:  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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

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 # 6
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Bee Keeper

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bluephoenix:  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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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 # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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