(Closed) Not replating white gold

posted 12 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks for sharing the picture PrettyFlowers. 

I wish my band would wear down evenly, but the bottom is like # 3 and the top is like #2!

Post # 18
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220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I don’t know if this will show up or not, but my ring is over 80 years old and has never been replated. I have to get a little work done on the head, but the shaft of the ring is in good shape (that sounds awful). Just the wear and tear of someone wearing it for years, so their are some scratches that might make the yellow gold more pronounced. But, it’s just one of the things I love about it. I love that it has history.(The head is in platinum. When looking at it in person, you can see the difference of the bright white at top to the warmer yellow tone at the bottom.)

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmmm… I actually hadn’t even considered not getting it replated, but I kinda like the idea now. But I also like the shiny.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’ve gotten my rings replated twice and I should do it more often because (1) it’s easy, (2) it’s quick and (3) it’s free.  But, alas, my lazy self just can’t be bothered with it sometimes!

The reason that I get mine replated is not because I necessarily mind the slight yellowing or scratches.  It’s only because my rings wear down unevenly.  So only the bottom/underside of my rings are yellowed, while the tops are still bright and shiny.  The distinction is something ONLY I would notice, but it bugs me. 

My Mom has never had her white gold rings replated in over 30 years of marriage.  I think they look lovely that way.  I guess it’s just  personal preference.

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

MrsK2be, I was wondering that – so the place where you bought your rings will replate for free?  That’s great!  How long do they usually take the ring for?  

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had no idea that white gold needed to be/could be plated!  I had my yellow gold e-ring plated because I prefer a more silver color, but my wedding band is just white gold.  Not plated white gold.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

@Teacherbride99: We bought my ring at a private jeweler and whenever I just stop by I get my prongs checked/tightened and rings re-plated.  Usually it only takes about 30 minutes.  I usually drop it off, run some errands and come back.  I;m so happy to have that service!  Unfortunately, it is in my hometown which is about 1.5 hours away from where I live so I just take my ring in whenever I’m home.  If your jeweler doesn’t do it on site and you would like to have it done without sending it away, I know that some Jared locations will also do it while you wait.  I think they charge though…

@mhirni: If your wedding ring is white gold, then it is probably coated with a Rhodium layer.  This is SUPER common and 98% of white gold jewelry produced today is coated with Rhodium to give it an added shine and lustre.

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had my e-ring replated when I got married so that they would be even in color but since we are nowhere near the jewelry store where I got the band, I probably won’t replate anymore since I would have to pay out of my own money.  It wasn’t really noticeable that my e-ring was wearing except when I was holding the brand new wedding band up against it.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I plan to have mine replated a few months before the wedding because my bands are shiny and new and you can really see the contrast between them when they are next to my e-ring.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Puggy – that’s exactly how my right hand ring looks. It’s an estate piece, I’m not exactly sure how old… it doesn’t bother me, but I won’t want my E ring to look like that, because it’s a single stone and I think it’d be more obvious. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@bluebutterfly – Contrast is a good point and one I hadn’t considered! Definitely something to think about if continuity is your thing…

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@prettyflowers: Wow, that’s really useful! I actually like the patina of the unplated white gold. It brings a little warmth to the metal, but not boldly like yellow or rose gold. 🙂

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I prefer the look of the white gold that hasn’t been plated. It’s warmer. 

I have an heirloom ring that I don’ think has ever been plated. I had to talk the jeweler out of plating it when I had the set sized. 

He seemed to think I was crazy not to want it plated. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

I’ll be replating mine. It protects the metal, for one, and second it seems to react with my skin and yellows only in a few months, not in years LOL. Our jeweler does it free though (well, it’s included in our “plan”)

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Fayette: did you get a white gold band? Does it look different compaired to your e-ring? My engagement ring is heirloom as well, and I doubt it’s been plated. I’d prefer not to do it just to keep the look it has now, but I wonder if it’s noticeable when placed next to a wedding band? *maybe I should buy a wedding band now and rub it for a year so they’ll match 😉 *

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