Post # 1
I know there are people on this board who know something about jewelry. I know hardly anything.
How will a jeweler “dip” or re-furbish plating on my white gold ring? I am asking specifically about the pave diamonds on it and how that work affects the diamonds.
Post # 3
@FauxPas2012: I’m honestly not exactly sure *how* it works, I just know that it’s magical. 😛
I have a white gold e-ring solitaire with tiny ‘surprise’ diamonds at the base of the setting that can’t be removed. When I got my ring re-dipped, it looked BEAUTIFUL and brand new and didn’t interfere with the diamonds in the least.
They’re not going to like… get rhodium smudged on your diamonds or all globbed in your prongs, if that’s what you’re worried about. 🙂
Post # 4
The rhodium won’t effect the diamonds at all.
The whole process doesn’t take very long. They steam clean and polish your ring and work out any deep scratches or gouges, then they place your ring on a hook and dip it into liquid rhodium solution.
Your ring will be electrically charged one way, and the rhodium solution will be charged the opposite way, causing the rhodium to adhere to your oppositely charged ring.
Then they clean it again, inspect it, and it’s off to you.
Edit: To prevent misconceptions, they do not dip items in vats of moltant rhodium. The rhodium is dissolved in a solution (Think of a suspension) and then the ring is dipped into this solution.
Edit: Edit: This video covers how rings are rhodium plated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cerUr61xTU
Post # 5
@Hyperventilate: Wow, I had no idea! Awesome!
Post # 6
@rachelmichelle: haha yup I didn’t see how the rhodium could avoid being splashed all over the diamonds, silly, I know, but now I’ll go watch that video and will learn something!
Post # 7
That video was quite informative! Thanks for posting.
Post # 8
I agree that it’s magic but had no idea how it worked either! It’s covered by the ESP on my solitaire but not on my band. It was $45 a pop for the band so I just bought a new band and will sell the old one. Doesn’t take too many years before it pays off.