Post # 1
Hey so this is a weird question– I love my ring and was just thinking if I wanted it yellow gold for a few months, not permanently. So would it be possible to have it plated in yellow gold? (Just as white gold is plated in rhodium, I’m assuming it’s the same process.) And if so, how much do you think it would cost? I’ve googled this with no results.
Thanks bees 🙂
Post # 3
From what I’ve read, this would be near impossible. The whole process of plating is to add a coating of rhodium or other white metal onto a ring to avoid having the natural yellow gold show through. I also read that if you want a yellow metal ring, it will have to be made from yellow gold in the beginning.
Out of curiosity, why would you want a yellow gold ring for only a few months? Regardless of if it’s possible, I don’t think plating a ring with one metal, then with a different color metal a few months later would be good for the ring at all.
Post # 4
After I got my ring, I realized how much I adore yellow gold, but I wouldn’t want to have my ring reset in case I changed my mind– because with metal color I see the merits of both. I thought it would be fun if I could easily get my ring coated and have a yellow gold ring for six months or so to decide if I would want to change it.
Post # 5
I feel like I haven’t seen you in a long time! welcome back!
I wouldn’t recommend plating with a different color. it would wear off unevenly. it would remain on the inner surfaces – such as the inside of the prongs, or in nooks and crannies. you would have to have the center stone removed and every surface professionally buffed until it was gone.
Post # 6
Janie-janie- thanks! I’ve been busy figuring out a new date. I was supposed to get married this weekend but our city has flooded so now it’s pushed back a year. That means a whole extra year on weddingbee 🙂 Ew well I definitley don’t want to try that now since it sounds pretty damaging 🙂
Post # 7
As a matter of fact YES, YOU CAN. My BFF is a registered IGA jeweler and he actually yellow gold plated my diamond and ruby ring for me. It is a bright, yellow gold plate thoug. It looks like a 24kt gold ring. It can be done, but given how much you wear it and if you always wet it and such, it does wear out fast. If your the type of person to take it off when hand washing and cleaning etc then it will last several months. If you decide you dont like the look of the yellow gold plating you’d have to return to the jeweler and have him/her buff it off.
Hope this helps!
Post # 8
regarding the flood: OH NO! I hope you and your neighbors are ok!
as for plating: izzyasta is correct. technically, it can be done. I just think it will be hard to remove.
however, if you are feeling adventerous, it could look kind of neat. eventually, it would appear white gold, but with warm areas that are glowing up from the nooks and crannies. you know how antique silver jewelry looks? the raised surfaces are bright, and the lower surfaces are dark. your ring would be like that, only white-and-yellow instead of white-and-dark. it could possibly look very pretty and unique. but it’s a risk– like I said before, if you wanted to remove all traces of yellow gold, it could be labor intensive.
you know- it doesn’t hurt to just bring it in to a professional jeweler and ask!