(Closed) cyanide-based plating solution in rhodium vs 19K (wow!)

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@womanofsubstance:  

Thanks for that info.  I did not know this. About four years ago, though, I did hear that the re-dipping of rhodium can ‘bleed’ into the area of a woman’s ring finger for the first month after the dip.  I had asked the person who said that how did they come to know that and the individual said he saw many women come back to the jewelery store soon after the dipping with sensitivities.  The sensitivities go away after a few weeks, and he always felt it was something toxic that ‘quick-binds’ the rhodium to the gold.  

I have a white gold ring, made to order from a mold (i guess custom that is?) since my ring size was so small.  You know what is interesting, my ering irritated the area right around the band for a few weeks after I got engaged.  I already decided that I am not re-dipping my ring.  Plus in a year I think I’m having my same vatch royal crown setting molded in platinum (my first love in metals).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Interesting…I really thought I was developing an allergy to white gold itself, or its nickel content – but the worst reaction I ever had was after getting a ring plated. My older white gold rings that have never been replated do not really irritate me. Conversely, I bought a WG setting recently and had a jeweler replate it because it was in bad shape, and that ring doesn’t bother me. I wonder why some of my WG rings irritate me to the point of pain and others have no reaction. I know none of them are palladium white gold, some are 10k and some 14k.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@starla:  Same here, I always thought it was the nickel, and it is funny you reference the older wgold rings; I have an older ring where the gold was mixed mostly with palladium (palladium being a more stable metal which resists chem reactions they say) and that ring never bothered me too now that you say that.  I have never dipped that older heirloom ring also.  Also, there are some 14k gold necklace clasps that bother the hell out of my neck.  I’m thinking they mass produce these clasps and some have a higher nickel or some other reactive metal.  I swear my only two 14k necklace clasps have me wanting to rip them off my neck they itch so bad. 

What you learn on these boards sharing info, just amazing.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@sweetpotata:  Yep, I used to have a WG chain that would leave a red ring around my neck. I have one now that doesn’t bother me. Darling Husband bought me some gorgeous earrings in white gold and I only wear them on rare occasions because they bother my ears so badly. I pretty much have to stick to yellow gold or high quality sterling silver (unplated) if I don’t want any irritation when I wear earrings.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have lots of white gold jewelry that has been purchased in Italy for me over the years. You couldn’t find white gold in chain stores in australia 15years ago. You usually had to go to stores that specialised in italian jewelry.

The white gold purchased in italy was always 18ct,  brand new and it always had a duller tone to it. (more like you would in platinum) It looks nothing like the white gold you get now that is super shined and mirror finished.

The base alloys mixed in with it are obviously so different. White gold used to be more expensive than the YG equivelent. Now they are the same price….thanks for posting that info  it makes loads of sense. I don’t get reactions to redipping but I don’t think i’ll be getting it done so often now!!

 

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