(Closed) Question about plating white gold

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Your WG ring will need to be rhodium plated occasionally; your body chemistry will probably determine how often.  Just this past weekend, I was browsing wedding bands (again) and although I couldn’t really tell a difference, the jeweler said that they would gladly re-dip my e-ring to match their nice shiny w bands if I decided to go with something they had.  <cue anxiety> Rhodium plating was originally included with my e-ring (different jewler) so I’m going to take it tomorrow for a bath.  They have already assured me that they can get it done in a few hours, and I won’t be without it overnight.

Post # 5
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Bump – I’m interested. I have had my e-ring almost a year now and wanted to get it plated.

Post # 6
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had my ring re-dipped right before my wedding so it’d be the same colour as my band. I’m only two months out and so far so good – it’s wearing to be the same colour, which was the goal!

Post # 7
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you never get it dipped it will slowly get that warmer worn look. If you redip it (at any point, same results if you do it 6 months after purchase or 60 years after purchase) it will look brand new. And if you decide to never dip it again it will slowly return to the warmer, worn look. It doesn’t matter how many times you dip it, if you stop dipping it, then the rhodium will wear off until it is all gone. How long that takes depends on your body chemistry (some people wear it off in a few months, others it takes a few years).

For pictures, visit this thread:

White Gold Ring Rhodium Plating Before and After Pics

ETA: The way it looks worn has a little to do with what the ratio is of the metals in your specific ring. Some end up yellower than others. Palladium White Gold usually stays pretty white. So your wedding band might look different worn than your ering does if it is made with a different ratio of the same alloys.

Post # 9
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Snow00774:  it definitely will ‘wear’ back down to its original patina 🙂 I had mine dipped back in October of last year for the first time and while i loved the shiny “new” look again, i really like the worn in look it’s starting to go back to!

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