(Closed) Not replating white gold

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t dig the yellow. But i am pretty lazy. I have a topaz that needs to be replated (the ring is pretty much all a light yellow gold now) and i have yet to go get it replated.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

This might be a really stupid question… but how do they replate without getting rhodium on your stones? Do they take all the stones out and do it and put them all back in?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Rhodium is applied in an electroplating process. Because diamonds aren’t conductive, it doesn’t “attach” to them. I wonder if they take them out, too, but from what i know of plating, theoretically it wouldn’t matter. I don’t see the feasibility in taking out every single little stone then putting them all back in!!!

Basically you use electrical currents and an acidic bath to apply a metal-on-metal coating. The metals have to be conductive so the electricity can basically “bind” the together.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thanks for the info, ejs!  I have another question -my white gold e-ring also has very delicate etching on it…does the replating process change it by filling it in a little every time?

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The etching wont’ change.

This is actually a big problem we’re working on–“leveling” out unevenly finished metals by using electrical currents. But the technology just doesn’t work that way. So if you have etching on your ring, the etching will still be there afterwards.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Good question.  Does anyone have pictures of what white gold looks like after a few years if you don’t get it replated?  I might choose not to replate if the change is subtle and the ring looks “warmer” or more champagne-y but not strong yellow.

I’ve had my white gold e-ring for almost a year and it still looks pretty white.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just googled “pictures of not replating white gold rings” and this thread came right up…d’oh 😉

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

my mom’s ring is white gold and she has never had it replated (i don’t think she knew that you could!). it has a beautiful, worn color. definitely not yellow gold at all!

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have my ring at home and I don’t think the color would show up on the computer. But yes, the ring look warmer, not “yellow” necessarily, but kind of a champagney yellow. The bottom is definitely more intense though, where i rub it with my finger (nervous habit) but not “yellow” gold yellow.

Right now…mine is like this: imagine white gold, then imagine yellow gold. Then imagine smooshing them together. It’s like 50% of both, diluted like that. I’ve had it for like 3 years and wear it a lot

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ok I found an interesting comparison.  In the picture here, #1 is yellow gold, #2 is plated white gold, and #3 is unplated white gold (meaning this is the yellowest it could ever look if ALL the plating wore off).

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Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Ugh the bottom of my ring looks gross (just like ejs described) as well… I don’t think it looks nice/weathered, I think it looks bad! I guess you just keep wearing it and if you can’t stand it, replate it. I’ve had my ring over a year and I replated it once, and will do so next month before the wedding.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@prettyflowers- good find!

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