Post # 1
Our wedding bands will be plain bands in 10k white gold. My engagement ring is sterling silver and polished shiny and very scratched already. My fiance says we should get a satin finish because they dont scratch as easy, or dont show the scratches as easy. Which finish is best? Is it ok to get satin even if it doesnt match my engagement ring? I like the way shiny white gold looks better, but i know scratches will happen and i dont want them to be so obvious.
Post # 3
My friend just got married his band was satin finished with a polished lip and when he went to get it cleaned after his vacation the worker polished the satin finish off and needless to say he wasn’t to happy about it .. Its an easy fix but it sucks when people at jewelrry stores arnt smart enough to realize not to polish a satin finish ring
Post # 4
If you want to go shiny on both, it is possible to have your sterling silver e~ring rhodium plated to match a shiny white gold band. Any decent jewelry shop that does in~house repairs can do it for you. It will make both rings match, and a white gold wedding ring will also be rhodium plated as well, so should require similar maintenance.
All rhodium plated rings will require being redone every few years beccause of the nature of the process. But it is an easy way to make your rings look absolutely brand new every so often! I’ve had it done myself on many pieces, and it works out nicely.
If you want a white metal band look without the rhodium maintenance, Palladium is becoming extremely popular. I have found Palladium rings online for the same and sometimes less price than white gold.
If the rhodium plating interests you, locate and deal with locally owned jewelry shops who do their own repair work. Most work on white gold pieces that involves any kind of high heat, such as resizing which is most common, to repairing prongs or resetting stones, requires that the rhodium be redone when the piece is finished. The heat from the jeweler’s torch or other working source takes the rhodium off. But regular, normal day~to~day activities won’t do that. Don’t bother with jewelry counters or retail chain stores. There’s little profit in it for them, and they almost always have to send their work out someplace to be done instead of keeping it local.
As for cost, it usually depends on what the rhodium market is doing right now and the labor charges for that particular jeweler. I’ve seen it range from $25 to $40 per piece locally. Check around by phone if you have some local shops ~ most will quote you a ballpark figure at the very least. Your silver ring would get a good shiny polish on it first too. You can’t plate over damaged or scratched areas and have it come out perfect ~ to do so would just magnify what didn’t get polished!
Good luck and best wishes on finding your wedding bands and your new life together they will celebrate!
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