Post # 1
Hi Bees….I was wondering…what is re-dipping? I have a white gold ring, and when I read about them needing ‘re-dipped’, I go into a small panic. How does the re-dip not get on the stone? How do you know when it needs done? argh.
Post # 3
I have the same questions! I have white gold as well and a very intracate ring… how would that work…
Post # 4
@CTbride2010: phew! Hopefully someone responds that knows and we can learn together!
Post # 5
Not sure how it works but I currently am sans wedding and engagment ring while they are being replated. I should have them back this week and hopefully they get here soon! I’ve had it done before and they always come back looking brand new.
Post # 6
It only needs done when you feel it needs done. If your rings look fine to you, then don’t bother with it. I’ve had my e-ring two years and it is still very white, so I’ve never bothered with redipping. The rhodium solution does not affect the stone at all. It only attaches to the metal.
Post # 7
There are so many threads about this already. It needs redipped if it’s turning yellow and you don’t like it. Rings don’t necessarily HAVE to be redipped. I do it every 6 mths bc I prefer the shine and beauty of it compared to the scratches it gets and the yellowing it does. It does not effect the diamond at all and does not need to be removed for the process.
Post # 8
I just had mine redone!:) It looks amaaazzzinnnnngggg now that I have it back 🙂 lol I had it done with Zales (no I’m not a vendor). It took like 3 weeks for me to get my ring back because they don’t do it in the store. But they actually take the diamond out of the setting and then just re dip the band. and it was less than 40 dollars to get it redone. This is the first time I’ve had it re dipped. The first place that did it did a really bad job of it 🙁 but this looks amazing so we will see how long it will last 🙂 Hope that this helped!!!
Post # 9
You gals are already re-dipping your rings? I’ve been engaged for 9 months and my ring looks like new. A friend of mine got engaged 6 months ago and showed me her ring that is getting redipped and it was YELLOW! Why does her’s need to be dipped already and mine doesn’t?
Post # 10
@baletrina: Could be the makeup of her ring, how often she wears it (bed, cooking, cleaning, etc), her body chemistry, and what kind of chemicals get on it (lotions, soaps, cleaning chemicals, etc). I’ve had mine for over a year now, and it’s still plenty shiny for me 🙂
@CTbride2010: & @soyjoy222: I believe that the rhodium plating has to do with electricity, so it sticks to all the little, intricate surfaces without ruining engravings or etchings or small details. I have yet to do it, and I’m not sure if I will, but I’d search some of the old WB threads on this, there are many wise bees out there who’ve discussed this.
Post # 11
Thanks for all your responses! I dont’ need it done yet but I probably will in a year or so. I dont wear my ring in the house or when I put on lotions, etc. so I think I’ll have a while to wait. It still makes me nervous to think about having this done!
Post # 12
A lot has to do with the type of metal – 14K white gold is yellow gold mixed with a lot of other white alloy metals to give it it’s color, so naturally, less yellow will “come through” or show after a while, and it will generally need rhodium plating less often. Higher quality gold, like 18K white gold, has more natural yellow in it, since there is a smaller percentage of white alloy metals mixed in to make it white, and thus yellow will tend to show more quickly and easily.
I have a 14K white gold ring and don’t think I’ll need it replated for a long time, if I have to at all. The re-dipping/ replating issue is a big reason that a lot of women are opting for platinum or palladium these days, as the higher price is usually worth the lack of up-keep in the end.
Post # 13
Don’t panic 🙂
I just had mine dipped for our August wedding (wanted it to look new and shiny) and it looks beautiful! I had the same questions and it was explained to me that its a form of electroplating so it doesnt affect the stone at all, metal attaches to metal and not your stones.. (My ring has a pave band and a solitaire, didn’t affect it at all.) This was the first time I have had it done but it looks so good that I think I might do it every 6 mths or so to upkeep. Do it, you won’t regret it 🙂