Post # 1
This is my first post on the bee, I usually just roam the boards but now that I am FINALLY engaged, I wanted some opinions. I am getting my mom’s original engagment ring which is a size 7.5 and it is a round solitaire set in yellow gold. I HATE yellow gold, I just feel that it is so dated, I just don’t like it. I need to have it sized to either a 9 or 9.25 but I heard jewelers will only go up a size maybe. As far as “dipping” it, has anyone had experience with it? I know it will have to be redipped but we may just reset it before the wedding. I’ve asked Kay’s and Jared’s (same parent co. i know!) and they won’t do it so we are going to find a local place to have it done. Any comments, help, suggestions??
Post # 3
What kind of ring is it? You need to describe it a bit more or put up a picture.
Post # 4
I don’t think you can dip yellow gold to turn it into white gold.
Even though yes, white gold is dipped in rhodium to give it that nice high-polish white finish, white gold itself is still different than yellow gold. White gold is an alloy made from regular gold and other white metals, most commonly nickel or palladium.
Dipping a yellow gold ring won’t give you a white gold ring. It’ll just give you a yellow gold ring with rhodium coating, and it’ll turn yellow again sooo fast.
If you want a white gold ring, you need to have your diamond reset.
ETA: Keep in mind that white gold bands get a little yellow-ish tinge to them as well after a lot of wear. You will probably have to get a white gold band re-rhodium plated (if you want) every few years. But I can’t imagine the rhodium plating on a yellow gold ring looking very nice for more than a month or two.
Post # 5
Yes and no.
Yellow gold rings can be Rhodium plated to look like white gold.
Rhodium plating is not forever. It will not last and it will be a continual cost. Depending on how much you wear the ring, how you wear it, how hard you’re on it and your physical makeup of your body, sweat and other factors, it could last a month. It could last a year.
I don’t think continual rhodium plating is worth it.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t recommend getting yellow gold dipped in Rhodium as a long term solution – as when it wears off the colour and wear will be more noticeable than if it were white gold alloy. The maintenance of that would drive me nuts.
I think it will be easier and cheaper in the long run to just have it reset. Platinum or palladium may be good for you.
I got my palladium set from a seller on ebay that had been recommend to me, here’s a link to their palladium settings:-
Edited to add:- I’m not sure what all jewellers say but mine doesn’t recommend resizing more than 1 size larger due to the fact it weakens the ring too much.
Post # 7
@Ms_Midori: that’s what I keep finding, which sucks but I think we will just go ahead and get it reset for that reason and so I don’t have to keep getting it redipped. We’ll see! Thanks for your input!
Thanks everyone for your input! I guess we have some thinking and research to do instead of having it rhodium plated!
Post # 8
Yeah, you’re going to need to get the ring remade in white gold, palladium, or platinum. At least the price of gold is high right now!
My FSIL’s husband originally gave her a yellow gold ring (he was totally clueless about what she wanted and isn’t the kind who would pick up on things like the fact that she always wore silver jewelry). They got it dipped and it turned yellow in like a month. They ended up just getting it remade into white gold (and of course still have to get it redipped). Personally, I would go for palladium or platinum.
Post # 9
I’d get it resized in platinum or palladium if you’re really not liking the yellow. If you do decided to keep the original setting, I don’t think it should be a problem to go up that much — I think it’s more of a problem in rings with sidestones or pave because resizing deforms the ring and makes those stones more likely to pop out.
Post # 10
@nursingstudent14: why don’t you just reset the stone in white gold all together?
I have a yellow gold e-ring with the tips of the Gold holding the stone dipped in white gold. It doesn’t lwell for very long and it’s not cheap to get done.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
my cousin used to dip her yellow gold ring and it would wear off super fast and unevenly. you would be redipping it really often and in the long run, it would actually cost less for you to buy a new setting.
however, give it a try if you want! a jeweler can remove it if you don’t like it.
Post # 12
@nursingstudent14: I had a class ring; well I didnt like the class rings from the magazine/custome ones so my mom and I went and found this ring that was perfect! had 4 rows of C set blue sapphire going across- perfect for each 4 years of highschool and my town started with a C and the colors were white and blue- BUT the ring was yelloe gold, so we had it dipped to be white. Honesty it lasted pretty long, I never had to have it redipped the top always looked white it was just the bottom part that turned gold, I wish I had a picture but I actually broke the ring about a year ago and traded it in for another :/