Post # 1
st recently got engaged and my ring is an antique. It is 18k white gold, but not super bright white. I was thinking about getting it plated so that the white of my future wedding band matches. My Mom thinks I’m crazy, she says the “patina” is what gives it character. I personally think it will still look like an antique all sparkly bright white. Does anyone have experience with this? Has anyone ever heard of plating damaging an antique ring? Share with me your plating stories. Here are pictures of my engagement ring, the second picture is next to an aquamarine ring that is white gold for comparison.
This topic was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by krissyl.
Post # 2
Back then white gold was not rhodium dipped. Honestly I love unplated white gold! And you could always ask a jeweler to make your band in 18k unplated white gold to match. I think your mom is right, I wouldn’t mess with it! It’s a beautiful creamy white color. Maybe you could take it to a jeweler to have it polished.
Post # 3
Also, plating won’t damage the ring but I’ve heard that rhodium is not easy to buff off a ring especially ones that have lots of detail, you could also lose some gold weight if you want it removed. Which in turn could make it brittle. I would definitely think it through before doing so.
Post # 4
Wow, beautiful! Ive never seen unplated white gold and I love it.
Post # 5
It’s a beautiful ring! I would chat to a jeweller about the rhodium plating.. I think it’s a wonderful idea & it will make the antique ring seem brand new for you.
Post # 6
Definitely prefer the unplated 18k white gold. I would say leave it undipped and as a PP stated, just ask a jeweler to create a wedding band for you in 18k WG that is also undipped 🙂
Post # 8
I would be inclined to leave it as is because I just think it looks beautiful. There is so much glossy, rhodium plated white gold these days that it’s nice to see patina on a piece. I have had some older pieces from the 60s replated and they did come out great, but they had a more modern look to them to begin with. Your ring looks like it is Edwardian or Art Deco…those pieces seem suited to a softer color gold. I have never had anything damaged in anyway through the plating process.
Post # 9
I would plate it because unless my band was made to match it would drive me nuts lol.
Post # 10
I guess because I have shitty eyes I don’t notice the difference. Besides matching the color of the band, is there any other reason why you want to rhodium plate it? While my white gold still looks white, it does show some wear, and I think it looks beautiful.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the comments, if I can get a band that matches in color and style I won’t plate it. I’m just worried about not finding a band that I like, then having one made and the colors not matching. It would drive me crazy if the gold didn’t match.