(Closed) Rhodium plating

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Member
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I let mine be.  I have not, and will not get mine re-plated.  I know lots of people do, but honestly, it is toxic.  It is your prerogative, of course, but I just like to mention that incase people do not know.

Post # 4
Member
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@urchin:  I have had my ring for more than a year now. The band started to yellow rather quickly but only on the underside. My warranty covers it but I’m not going to send it in until just before the wedding so I can get my band and Ering soldered together. Or I might wait until after…..I don’t know yet.

Post # 7
Member
483 posts
Helper bee

Some people need to plate there rings every six months and others do it ever couple years it just depends on your body chemistry also it’s mostly noticeable on the underside … That no one really sees ever.. So unless it’s bothering you it’s not mandatory it just makes it look brand new  if there is distinct colore change between your e-ring and your new wedding band I would plate it before the wedding but anything after that you can honestly go 3 or 4 years before its gets horribly noticeable to others and with most jewelry warranty plans it’s free so people do it more often then they “need” to

Post # 8
Member
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just had my ring re-plated after about 9 months. It looks fabulous. I’m quite hard on my ring (clumsy) and it had scratches. After the plating it looks nice and shiny and scratchless.

Post # 9
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I HATE rhodium plating. I think it is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.  White gold is actually gold with a bit of nickel mixed in to give it a softer look. It is not a silver color.  What is the point of buying gold if you want it to look silver? Why not just get platinum or silver? Why not just get a totally rhodium metal ring if you’re going to plate it in rhodium anyway? I just don’t understand why anyone would get a gold ring and then cover the gold in an ugly, less precious metal.  That is my rhodium plating rant. 

FYI: Non-rhodium plated white gold is beautiful. It is a soft vanilla colored metal that you can wear with any other type of metal, gold, silver, you name it! I love it.

Post # 10
Member
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Here’s a silly question… is all white gold rhodium plated? I have no idea if my 18k white gold e-ring is or not.

Post # 12
Member
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsElle:  pretty much. 

Post # 13
Member
483 posts
Helper bee

@Tangled:  rhodium costs more than platinum that’s why you don’t see rings ever made out of pure rhodium and platinum is expensive and looks nothing like silver so if you can’t afford platinum but like the look you get white gold and plate it or you can plate silver … Silver tarnishes unless you use aregetentium silver and a nother metal that is white would be palladium .. But yes white gold is a nice light buttery color but most people don’t know it’s real color

Post # 14
Member
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@urchin:  Very passionte! Well, you were asking how often they need to be replated, and I guess what I was trying to say is: They don’t! You can look up pictures of non-plated white gold and decide if you like it before covering it with rhodium.

Post # 15
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

@MrsElle:  I believe that it is.

@urchin:  The toxic part is the substance – once the ring is out, it is not toxic anymore.  My brother, his wife, and her dad own and run a jewelry store.  When I was there, her dad explained the whole process, I watched him redip it (took maybe 30 seconds), he told me not to get too close to the liquid dip, but that otherwise, it’s totally fine. There is no “need” to redip” but man, does it look beautiful and shiny afterwards!

Post # 16
Member
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Rhodium is both a NOBLE metal and an INERT one.  These are metals that are resistant to corrosion and oxidation (rust).  Rhodium is part of the Platinum Family, and by itself is not toxic (just like other Noble metals… ie, Ruthenium, Palladium, Silver, Platinum & Gold).  It is also one of the rarest of the PRECIOUS Metals (so infact it costs a lot more than Gold, lol… or even Platinum)

As someone has said the process of creating Rhodium Plating is toxic (if you breath in the fumes)… because in order to make the Rhodium into a liquid, they use Hydrochloric Acid, Phosphoric Acid or Sulfuric Acid… all of which are EXTREMELY toxic in their own rights.

BUT when the plating is in place, none of these acids remain, just the metal itself which has adhered to the metal underneath (ie Gold, to make it shiner WHITE GOLD)

Hope this helps,

 

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