(Closed) Can you have a rose gold ring made into white gold or platinum?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
9519 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Generally rose gold is rose because copper is mixed in for the color. You could always have it dipped. It may be easier to simply change the setting whn you get bored

Post # 3
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You can’t turn one metal into another metal. Basic chemistry, you’re asking for medieval style alchemy here. Theatrejulia has good suggestions.

Post # 4
480 posts
Helper bee

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baileers:  Having white gold turned into rose gold might be possible, but I’m not sure. White gold has already been alloyed with other metals (to make yellow gold whiter and harder), so it might be a complicated process. A goldsmith would be better able to answer this question. 

To do the reverse (what you’re asking) doesn’t sound likely unless there’s a means for extracting the copper from the rose gold. Again, a goldsmith would be the best person to advise you on this. 

Platinum is a pure element (as is gold), so no, you cannot turn one into the other . . . without changing the atomic configuration. 


Post # 5
2303 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

you could technically get it plated. but- it will wear off and might look weird. You’d have to get it redipped like every 6 months. 

Post # 6
9567 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

In short, no. You’d have to have it remade. 

Post # 7
7885 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

MrsBuesleBee is correct. While you could have a ring of one metal plated with another, the wear would happen quickly and it would need to be plated often. It would likely be more economical to have it remade in a different metal. Lots of people would like to keep their options open, but a metal is a metal – you cannot change what it is or what color it is without essentially “painting” (plating) it, which is not a good long-term solution.

Post # 8
2501 posts
Sugar bee

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baileers:  No, you cannot change rose gold into white gold or platinum. If what you’re asking is, can you change the color of the ring someday, the answer to that is yes. You can have the ring elctroplated with rhodium (also known as “dipping”). But the metal they use to electroplate the ring is neither white gold nor platinum, and it is not permanent – you will have to have it re-plated from time to time.

Post # 10
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I have a yellow gold ring that has been rhodium plated. It cost Around $50 I think. I wear the ring often, but no every day and it has held up for three years with tbe plating. The bottom of the ring, you can see where the yellow is starting to show through a bit though. 

Apparently how quickly it fades depends on a lot of factors and your own skin chemistry, so it may not be t same for everyone.

Post # 11
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Just get more rings!!! lol


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