(Closed) White gold with rhodium plating

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had the same problem. Found out after purchase about the plating. Any reputable jeweler will ALWAYS replate after sizing. Always.

Upkeep: You’ll probably want to get your e-ring replated right before the wedding (depending on how long you’ve had it, I’ve had mine 15months with no replating). I was quoted $30 by Ben Bridge (where mine came from) to replate and it would take about two days. This is a good plan if you have a new wedding band as your band may have scuffed a bit and you want them to match in wedding photos.

With Rhodium, you never want to intentionally abrade the band. You should never clean a Rhodium plated band with a toothbrush. If you can get a tiny brush for just the diamond, that’s fine. But brushing the band with anything abrasive with scuff and scratch it.

BB recommended I replate about once a year after the wedding to keep it shiny. I’ll probably do it every two because I know how to better care for it now.

Post # 5
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MsPanda: Yep. I had to have my e-ring resized two days after I got it. When they gave it back it was identical, just bigger. Honestly, a lot white gold rings are plated in Rhodium. More than one would think. White gold is an alloy, it’s typically gold mixed with Palladium or Nickel to make it “white”. Then plated with Rhodium to give it that shine.

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

All white gold rings are plated, because white gold does not exist. That’s why after a while, they start to turn yellow, because its yellow gold plated to be white. Mine came with a lifetime warranty, so sizing and plating is free for the life of the ring

Post # 8
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MrsSl82be:actually there is white gold and it isnt just plated with rhodium. to make white gold and pink gold, gold is mixed with other alloys  to give it color. actually all gold pieces contain alloys (all but pure gold), thats how you get the different karts of gold…. like 10kt 14kt and 18kt….its all different percentages of gold. for example 18kt is .750 when pure is .999. some places do rhodium yellow pieces to make them white though which is nice when you have something in yellow but need it in  white but cant find it in white….its a quick fix as opposed to casting it in white or researching like a mad man lol. but when you have a white gold ring it actually does have a slight yellow tint but it only stands out like that because rhodium is a very white color and when it wears off in contrast the original metal looks more yellow.i know cause ive worked at a true jeweler (not just one of those mall places like kays or what have you) for 7 years. just thought id let you know 😀

also the only time ive heard of a sizing being hard to do is if its silver and has a rhodium plating….and yes it can be replated but make sure your jeweler is electro plating it. it lasts longer. 

Post # 10
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hmmm…interesting I’ve never heard of that.  My ring is white gold with rhodium plating and it was resized without a problem. 

Post # 11
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Almost all white gold rings are rhodium plated.  That is because the white gold doesn’t really look as white as silver or platinum.  I got my ring resized and replated at the wedding and I haven’t since then and it looks fine.

Post # 12
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I asked a jeweller this question, and he said “no it’s not true” 

I told him I read sources and articles online about the rhodium plated and he said it was a practice done in the past (he owned a shop and admitted doing it himself too) but no it’s no longer done. 

I went another shop to look at moissanite and the lady was talking about rodium plating something. 

So confusing.  I’m really annoyed that the guy said. 

Post # 14
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldn’t sweat it, just make sure that the jeweler who sizes it knows in advance so you don’t have an unexpected fee.

And don’t forget to shop around for replating fees! Not everyone charges the same price, I found.

Post # 15
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Originally, my rings were white gold. After a few months, the Rhodium would wear off the back of my rings and the yellow would show through a bit. That really bothered me and I didn’t want the hassel of having to replate them, so I’ve had them changed to platinum.

Post # 16
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

EEEEK!!! So I just picked up my wedding ring from being resized and it looks like its the wrong color. It look yellowish!!!! AHHHHH!!!! They said its from the Rhodium, wtf??? It dosnt match my engagement ring at all and that was resized from the same store!!!!


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