(Closed) dipping?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it refers to rhodium plating white gold. It helps keep the shine/polish of it, if I remember correctly. I’m not sure how often you’re supposed to get it done. (I should probably check into that as my ring is white gold.)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

yep i think thats what it is… i think you only get it done if the white gold is wearing off…. mine needs done and i have only had my ring since april! 🙁

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You can get it done anytime. White gold will turn yellow at some point, more quickly depending on what you expose it to and how often. I get mine rhodium plated (same thing) every 6mths as part of the service plan when I take my ring in for inspection. Looks all shiny and new like the day I received it. It is safe, your diamonds are never removed and it is usually done the same day. If you have scratches they will polish the metal and then dip it. I’ve done this just for that as I have a solitare setting in a wide band (5mm) show scratches so up pretty good. It is not really recommended for platinum but some do it bc they want the shine that it brings.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Keep in mind that each time your ring is rhodium plated, the old rhodium layer has to be removed.  This means the top rhodium layer (and some of the gold) is buffed off.  The jeweler needs to create smooth gold surface before replating.  This means you should not have your ring “dipped” more often than it really needs it because you will wear down the gold faster.  I have been told that once a year is a good frequency.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011
Post # 8
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1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@JoJo Bananas: Dually noted but my jeweler said every 6mths is perfectly fine.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I need to have my ring inspected in January and was planning on having it dripped them.  Does anyone know how long it takes?  I hate the thought of being without  my ring.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@MissGreen:  Every six months?  I thought it was when the white gold starts to turn yellow as someone else mentioned.

While on the topic of rhodium dipping, do they take the diamond out?  Does frequent dipping decrease the durability of the prongs?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

You can do it every 6 mths if you wish,. Like I said in my post, you can take it in when it starts to turn yellow but some turn more frequently. Mine is more bc I have a thick band and I get scratches in it frequently as I am a nurse so yes when I take it in for inspection it gets dipped every 6 mths. No harm done. No they do not take the diamonds out and it can be done same day.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’ll get mine done once a year, around our anniversary. That way it will look all shiny and new for every new year we have together. 😉

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I plan on getting my e-ring dipped a little before the wedding, so it will look as new as my wedding rings. When I try my e-ring on with my wedding rings, I can totally tell that my e-ring is starting to yellow, but when I’m not trying on my wedding rings, the yellowing of my e-ring doesn’t bother me. I just want my rings to match, slightly yellow or not.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The amount of time it takes depends on the jeweler you use. If they do repairs onsite, then it will only take one day, probably a few hours. But if they don’t do repairs onsite and have to send it out, it could take several days, maybe even longer than a week.

White gold does not turn yellow, it naturally has a yellow tinge to it. The reason white gold rings look so white is because they are sold with a rhodium plating, and when the rhodium wears off, that’s when you’ll see the yellow tinge of white gold.

The diamond is not removed, and the ring is not actually dipped in Rhodium. Rhodium plating, which some people call dipping, is actually done by electroplating. That’s why they do not have to remove the diamond. The rhodium only binds to the metal parts of the ring.

They do not have to remove the old rhodium plating before they replate it, but they do have to buff it to make sure it is very smooth, and they have to make sure that all oils and dirt are removed.

There is not good answer about how often a ring should be rhodium plated or dipped. It depends on how much the ring is worn and how soon the white gold starts show.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

How much does re-dipping cost on average?

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@FMM:  Around here it can cost anywhere from $20 to $35 depending on where you go. The mall jewelry stores will always charge more than a non-chain store.

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