(Closed) How often do you re-dip?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I haven’t got my ring yet but i was wondering the same thing and i found this:

http://www.dyjewels.com/je_whitegold.shtml

This is what it says:

“The plating will probably wear off in 1-5 years of you wearing it, depending on how rough you are on the rings, and how much rhodium plating is on the ring. All white gold jewelry will require maintenance at one time or another to keep it looking brand new. To have a white gold ring rhodium plated, you’re probably looking at $20-30 for about 0.25-0.50 microns (a human hair is roughly 100 microns). If it is a two-tone ring, it has to be applied by hand with a brush rather than immersing the whole ring in the electroplating tank. So two tone rings will cost more to maintain their white gold appearance. If you want to make a white gold wedding band very durable, you can get it plated with a layer of platinum of palladium of 1.0-1.5 micron thickness, followed a good 2.5-3.0 micron thickness of rhodium plating. This will set you back around $100, however.”

Hope that helps 😀

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Great information!  I hadn’t even though of it yet, but have only been engaged for 5 months.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve had my ring for a year TODAY! and I haven’t had it redipped yet. It has yellowed on the bottom but doesn’t bother me because no one sees that part. We just ordered our wedding bands and our jewelry told me just to bring it in lke 2 weeks before the wedding and they will redip it so it will match the band. After the wedding I will probably go a long time before I get it redipped again.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t redipped mine, but you can tell; the bottom is pretty yellowy.  I have 18k white gold.  I wash my hands a lot, so maybe that’s it?  I also wear mine every day, all the time…I only take it off when I’m doing things like kneading bread (and sometimes I forget even then, so then I wash it, obviously).

I’m planning to re-dip right before the wedding so it matches its brand new wedding band, and then maybe once a year? Once every 2 years? As long as the 2 rings match I can’t complain too much.  Hopefully one day we’ll upgrade to platinum, but that day is a long way off!

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Mine needed it BEFORE 6 months. The bottom was getting seriously yellow looking. I’m super rough on my ring though. I wear it ALL the time, wash my hands/put hand sanitizer on all day, climb on playground equipment with my students, etc… 

I got mine dipped so it would look pretty for the wedding, but after the wedding I’ll probably only do it like once a year.

Post # 37
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve had my ring for almost two years, and have only had it done once, 2 weeks before the wedding.  It wasn’t even necessary then.

Post # 38
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I really think it depends on the quality of the white gold.  If it is whiter, you won’t notice the rhodium plating rubbing off as much.  I have noticed that I don’t get as much wear on my ring since I don’t wear it when working out with metal weights and take it off for cleaning and around chemicals.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee

It is directly related to the quality of the gold.  There are no “standards” for white gold and when commodity prices went through the roof a few years ago, jewelers found ways to cut costs.  Notice how your mothers ring never discolored?  They didn’t plate them back then, they were not as shiny, but they stayed white.

Quality white gold is bound with palladium or platinum and keeps it’s white color.  The plating is just to give it an extra bright, shiny look.  Also, the quality and thickness of the plating varies too

Cheaper white gold is bound with inexpensive alloys like nickel,etc and when the plating scratches or breaks through, the gold is more yellow, and needs to be replated often.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@shushu1208: I’ll have to check the booklet to be sure, but I did purchase the plan as well – the one that covers the ring for life, replacing diamonds, resizing, etc. thank u! 🙂 

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My jeweler said every 6 months at the most, but try to do it only yearly if I can stand it! He said to try to clean it once a month with vinegar or windex and see if that’ll appease me enough!

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Timber Lake Playhouse - Mt. Carroll, IL

just depends on how you wear it. i had mine redipped about 5mo after wearing it nonstop. it had started to wear off around the bottom edge of the ring – but it was only noticeable in the jewelry store’s crazy lights lol. i i’ve now gone almost 8 mo w/out redipping and will probably not re-dip until right before the wedding so everything looks the same. 

Post # 43
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have yellow gold but myy mom & sisters don’t, they do theirs every 6-8 months. 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What??? My future Mother-In-Law owns a Hugh end jewelry store and it is only supposed to be redipped every two years at the most. If you are having it done more often than that then: 1. They are taking advantage and ripping you off 2. They aren’t using good materials.

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I get mine done every 6 mths but that is because it gets scratched so easy. My setting is a 5 mm wide cathedral and as a nurse its gets pretty roughed up. It never turns yellow but having such a wide band, scratches show up so much more than a thinner band and it looks horrendous. I am thinking of resetting it bc it is such a pain or having it dipped in something stronger as a PP mentioned.

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