(Closed) Rhodium plating

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have a white gold engagement ring. I read and was told you should get it rhodium plated every year. Mine’s def. due for it as the gold is yellowing on the underside, I’ll get it done once I order the wedding ring. 

Post # 4
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Joleenmarie0617:  It never  has to be done. I don’t plan on doing mine. I’ve read on here some do it twice a year. Its up to you. I think the polishing is the only “harmful”  thing.

Post # 5
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493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Joleenmarie0617:  I’m planning on having mine redone before the wedding so it matches my band…. and then never doing it again.  The ring on the right in this picture is as yellow as it will really get… fine by me!  I like how it looks warmer.

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Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have been engaged for around 18 months and have had my ring replated three times already. When I asked about it they just said that some people’s chemical make up wears the plating off faster. They don’t charge to do it, but it is annoying (but not enough at this time to change my setting to platinum although I have given that some thought). I like the idea of doing it when the rings are soldered together then not doing it again though 🙂

Post # 7
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@emelee:  I’m with you. I think the color and warmth of unplated “white” gold is amazing!

Post # 8
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95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Joleenmarie0617:  

Some do it once a year or when you start seeing yellow. Its personal preference. Sometimes they say depending on the quality of metal will determine how fast the plating wears. Gold in it’s natural color is yellow, they have to mix it with other types of metal to make it white, but with time and wear the white slowly disappears, and that’s when you need rhodium plating. Rhodium plating does not harm the ring. Depending on where you purchase the ring this could be an extra maitanence cost. Some warranties covers free rhodium plating.


If you like the look of white gold, but don’t want the excessive fee of platinum, I would look in to X1 white gold. Palladium is another alternative that does not need rhodium plating and is affordable, but it’s not suitable for all styles such as pave and micro pave.


I hope this helps a little. Good luck!!

Post # 9
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2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@emelee:  I agree. I dont want mine redipped, my FH’s grandma has a white gold ring that has never been redipped and I just love how it looks.

Post # 10
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8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I plan on doing mine once a year. I’d do it more, but I was told by the jewelers not to over do it. 

Post # 11
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259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 We paid $85 for a lifetime warranty and it includes unlimited rhodium dips/platings. I plan on doing it once a year at most. Why not? It’s essentially free.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@emelee:  This! I had mine replated a couple of times and then realized that I really liked the look of the warmer metal. It looks more vintage-y. I’ll also get mine replated right before the wedding and then never again so that it and the wedding band wear at the same time.

Post # 14
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2050 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I get mine done every six months when I take it in for inspection.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I had no idea my white gold e-ring would get ‘warm” – I’ve only had mine since December and it’s already looking different, but I have yet to get to the store he bought it from to ask if redipping is covered.  If it is, I might just wait until before the wedding to redip and then do it once a year after, as I loved how it looked all shiny and white. 🙂

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