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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert KarinK's Avatar
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    Default Off-topic - can I get a white gold ring gilded??

    My mom left behind two lovely diamond rings - in white gold. I don't wear white gold. They have been lying in my drawer for now 18 years. But the settings are pretty and it is not in my budget to have them reset so I've started wondering if getting them plated with yellow gold is an idea.

    How would white gold react to that? Does the diamonds have to be removed? And I am a little worried how it will look over time as I tend to wear off such layers pretty fast but maybe I can pay for a couple of extra microns.

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    Good questions, Karin. I surely don't have an answer for you; but hopefully we have a bench jeweler reading here who will know the answer. Plating on rings will likely wear off faster than on any other piece of jewelry, especially if worn daily.

    Just a passing thought ~ are the designs such that the shank could be changed to yellow gold and look pleasing? Very white diamonds are often set in white gold prongs or baskets to accentuate their high quality; diamonds in yellow gold can reflect more yellow tones.
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    This is a quote from Jeremy 12/2015 in another thread:

    It's not uncommon to put white gold behind the diamonds because it makes the diamonds look more white.
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    To be perfectly honest, I just love my Victorian ring with 5 yellowish, lumpy-cut small diamonds from before there was electricity for cutting - for their character and the different way they reflect the light. I would probably choose an old mine cut diamond (or even older) any day but the other two rings have some sentimental value. Plus they would be considered better quality But I don't mind them looking a little yellow rather than just not being used at all.

    I think the white for diamonds isn't just to make them look whiter. It also makes them look bigger because it is hard to see where the diamond stops and the white gold begins.

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    Well, I hope someone will add insights to this conversation. I agree, Karin, the old mine cut diamonds are extraordinary.
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    https://www.finishing.com/340/72.shtml

    https://www.pricescope.com/community...w-gold.126633/

    To summarize, the advice on these forums seems to be that you can either find a plater to do the job, or have the ring dipped every so often (electroplating, I assume.) The plating on gold will wear off faster on rings than on, say, pendants, because of more wear and tear.

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    Many years ago I did "try" a home plating kit, hoping to refresh some costume pieces. Complete waste of money and time.
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    One thing to keep in mind, if you sell your old mountings that could defray some of the cost of a new mount.
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    Thank you for the answers! Still not sure what I'll do, lol...

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