(Closed) Dipping a silver ring?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i have one from HSN that’s silver with rhodium plating and it scratches really easily. the band looks really bad (luckily nobody sees the scratches because they’re on the bottom). i would just leave the silver alone if i were you. it’s not going to tarnish quickly, if at all. i have a silver ring i wear on my right hand (i never take it off) and it never tarnishes.


Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Tagging in because I’m interested to see if anyone has advice about dipping silver 🙂 


From personal experience, the more you wear silver, the less likely it is to tarnish. I wore a sterling silver ring every day for years, and never had to polish it once – took it off for a month  because I was wearing another one, and it tarnished a bit in that time alone. A polishing cloth took care of it pretty easily, though.

Post # 5
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Well I know white gold is generally dipped in rhodium to make the jewelry a brilliant white color. Of course silver is naturally that color before it oxidizes.  Since its recommended that white gold be re-dipped once a year and it generally takes years for silver to oxidize I’d just leave the silver as is. Especially since you intended to replace your ring at a later date. Just clean it occasionally.

Post # 6
3682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I  had a sterling silver ring that I wore constantly for a year –  it never tarnished.  It did tarnish, however, after I took it off. Silver is also a pretty soft metal.  I’d just be careful about the metal deforming.

Post # 7
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’ve been wearing a cheapo silver ring (about $40) as my stunt ring since I work with little kids a lot and don’t want to scratch them up on accident.  I’ve had it for about a year and a few months, and there’s been absolutely no tarnishing. 


If your ring does tarnish and it’s sterling silver, you might be able to use a standard sterling silver jewelry cleaner (like this).  You just dip your jewelry for a few seconds and rinse it off.  I’ve used this exact cleaner on a lot of my older silver jewelry, and they’ve always come out sparkling.


Post # 8
2734 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I tried to wear a sterling silver ring as a stand-in until we wanted to put more money into platinum and diamonds, but it did not stand up to everyday wear. Silver jewelery is always rhodium-plated where I buy my jewelery. It’s a high end store and they rhodium plate to protect from tarnishing. It makes a huge difference!! But with an e-ring, which I kept on all the time, the rhodium did not protect from eventual tarnishing. My ring got serious dark tarnish spots after I used an oil on my nails, which it probably came in contact with. I wear silver as necklaces and earrings just fine but it simply does not work for me on my hands. 

Also, white gold was a problem on my hands too, as the rhodium came off in just a few weeks, exposing the true colour of white gold, which is a darker, yellowy alloy. I hated it!! So I got platinum in the end and I’m loving it!

If money is an issue at the moment, I would recommend white gold or palladium with cz, moissanite or white sapphire. 😉 

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