(Closed) white gold ring maintenance?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Rhodium plating is a choice in my opinion. White gold is not pure white and rhodium plating is intended to make it look more like platinum or silver. I have a white gold ring, I just have a good polishing cloth, I have no intention of ever having it dipped in rhodium.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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megkate87 :  Not all white gold needs to be replated. It depends on the alloy of the gold and how stark you want it to look. If it’s a more yellowy alloy and you want it white-white, you’ll need to get it replated more often. If it’s a pretty white alloy to begin with and you’re ok with a softer ivory kind of white, you might never need to replate it. I have white gold rings that have never been plated, but I only wear them a few times a month.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

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megkate87 :  it also depends on your body chemistry. My boss had a white gold ring and he’s needed to be replated every year she eventually stopped and it turned more of a yellow gold. Mine still looks white gold and it’s been nearly 3 years 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I do mine every 6 months since I have to take it in anyway to keep the warranty in tact but otherwise I could probably go a couple of years without having to do it. Like PPs have mentioned, there are things that can affect how often it has to be redone. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

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megkate87 :  Mine wears off within 3 months of getting it dipped. And I don’t wear it in the shower, or to wash dishes or anything like that. I hate my ring and its a complete pain in the ass. I would get platinum. I wish to hell I had done my homework first and not gotten this one. THere are a ton of antique rings in platinum that are a fraction of what my stupid ring cost. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

It must depend on the quality of the white gold. My mother has a 14k white gold engagement ring that has never been replated and still looks perfect. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

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sparkosity :  I was wondering about that myself. If older rings are made differently.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Mom wore both her solitaire and wedding band for 44 years and never needed to have it replated.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

We said we’d get ours replated every year on our anniversary, but only did it on year one. I really don’t notice a difference unless I put my rings right next to a freshly plated ring (I got my engagement ring replated when we got married because having it next to my pristine wedding band – it was noticeable). I have never found them to look yellow, and I actually like the fact that if I want to brighten them up (and also say goodbye to any minor scuffing!) that I can do it for $50 or less. It’s like a nice facelift for them.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I just had my rings re plated – my wedding ring is 18 months old and my engagement ring is nearly three years old but it was the wedding ring which needed it more – it was quite yellow.  I didn’t realise how shiny they had originally been until I got them back though! My work mate has to have hers done every six months or so because of her body chemistry though – it varies from person to person.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’ve had my e ring for 7 months. It already needs re plated but I’m going to wait until I’ve had it for a year

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

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bywater :  Older white gold jewelry was worn “naturally”. They were never plated to begin with thus no need for replating.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Mine is 14kt white gold. I’ve only been wearing it since June, but it’s nowhere even close to needing replating. Our jeweler said the first re-dip would be free if we ever felt like we needed one. 

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