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Confused re Rhodium plating Over Sterling Silver Rings!!!

Started 1345932029.59 in Diamonique | Last reply 1355243832.513 by ennui

I'm so upset and obviously I was ill informed about this subject when I bought my ring.

Interested to know if anyone else has experienced this. About 2 years ago DH bought me a Rhodium Plated (over S/S) 3 stone princess cut ring. It was absolutely gorgeous (2.50tcw).

I thought that the Rhodium was an extra layer of "security" to make the ring look nicer. I have worn this ring every day as my engagement ring.

Suddenly, I discovered, the back band of my ring has tarnished. I have used all my QVC diamonique S/S cleaners and cloths, etc., to no avail. I'm so sad about this. I can't wear this ring anymore.

I thought these rings had a lifetime warranty. Upon speaking to Customer Service just now I was told it was only the stone that were warrantied.

I'm confused as to why the Rhodium is plated over the S/S if it's just going to turn black. At least you can clean S/S when IT tarnishes.

I'm very sad. I love this ring with all my heart, but I'm hesitant to buy a replacement. Perhaps I'm better off looking for a S/S ring without plating.

Am I the only one that this has happened to? I'd love to hear your experiences and your advice. Thanks so much!!


"most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine" Ralph Walso Emerson

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jenagal1345934240.9136621 PostsRegistered 10/21/2004Midwest: God's Country
I never gave sterling silver the time of day till lately. I always thought these silver pieces started tarnishing from day one. Well then I was told also that with this coating it forstalls this. I put my Ripka pieces away in a silver keeper after I clean them. When the day comes that my newly acquired Ripka pieces start to tarnish I will not be a happy camper either. I don't have a solution for you. I will also see when others chime into see what they say. Sounds like you got a lot of wear out of your ring before this started in. I hope I do.

Just a thought...I would love it if everyone posted the item number of all QVC purchases. Then I could stop my searching..and searching...TY.

Clover291345935276.2411526 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

White gold rings are routinely plated with rhodium to make them "whiter", rather than to prevent tarnishing. The plating wears off gold rings as it does off silver, and they need to be replated. You can get your silver ring replated with rhodium by a jeweler.

My Epiphany rings (plated with platinum rather than rhodium, but it's the same basic idea) have scratched but they don't show signs of tarnishing. I don't worry about the scratches, they're on the underside which no one else sees but me. If they did tarnish, I'd just clean them with a silver-cleaning cloth.

depglass1345935523.10325021 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I'd say you are doing well to get two solid years of wear out of any ring besides gold nowdays. If its only on the bottom, who is going to see it?

sd71345971754.371093 PostsRegistered 10/26/2007MY MI

I've been writing the same message over and over for what seem like forever. There are several methods of adhearing one metal over another. Rhodium Clad, Plated and Vermeil are the lowest and least durable methods. You are very lucky that your beloved Plated ring has worn so well for you.

Clad, Plated and Vermeil (gold or rhodium over Sterling) will wear off with everyday use and even with polishing. What you are seeing is tarnishing of the Sterling under the rhodium. That is why rhodium over anything should never be sized. Tarnish will start when ever the plating is marred, scratched or pitted.

I'm so sorry about your beloved ring.

summersage1346015580.9732324 PostsRegistered 7/28/2010

Thank you all so much for your responses. You've all given me a lot to think about, and I very much appreciate it.

Jenagal, I know how you feel, and I'll hold out hope that your precious JR pieces will last a very long time, if not forever!! :-)

Clover29, I have used the QVC blue cleaning cloths, the liquid cleanser and they worked beautifully on my sterling silver necklaces, but not this ring. When I turn my hand, the back of my ring is black and it's very embarrassing. It looks like I'm wearing some mystery metal that is just about to turn my finger green. LOL However, this re-plating of the rhodium/platinum (I have many rings from QVC) is very interesting and makes me feel very hopeful!!

Depglass, you can see it. Any movement of hand, or especially getting a manicure!! I couldn't wear it. It's black!! :-(

sd7, Thank you so much for your explanation and your compassion!! I appreciate your empathy!!

Thanks again Ladies!!!


"most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine" Ralph Walso Emerson

ThinkPink1351869382.361 PostsRegistered 11/2/2012

For the past few years, every piece of silver jewelry has been plated. It looks cheap and like others have stated it wears off and underneath the plating I have found its a dull flat gray color. So, why are they wasting true silver by plating it, sterling silver without the silvertone plating is gorgeous. Or I now have seen that they use the same lousy plating on brass cause brass is cheaper. If they want to sell jewelry with plating don't waste silver on it cause it looks the same when you plate brass and any other metals. I along with many others love the look of genuine unplated sterling silver. It's impossible to purchase a new piece of silver without it. I have stopped buying all silver that has the silver plate on it. Nothing compares with true unplated sterling silver with its soft patina. Also they use a brownish plating to make the item look vintage, and on closer inspection it looks like a brown goo has been poured over the jewelry. I would like to see QVC offer real silver without the silver tone plate on it. I have stopped purchasing silver plated jewelry. True sterling will last a lifetime if taken care of.

Lavenderju­nkie1351869712.85313720 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Your jeweler may be able to remove the tarnish or replate the ring for you. You can ask and find out the cost and decide if it's worth it to you.

The 'quick dip' many jewelers will do to re-rhodium plate a ring shouldn't be too expensive, but it will not last long. A proper plating process will require the ring to be sent to a specialist and that will cost more, and last longer.... but not forever.

I'm sorry you are having a problem with a ring so special to you. Bottom line... plated jewelery will not hold up if worn frequently. No one tells you this before hand, but it's reality.

Your best option may be to buy a new ring.... and get one that's not plated.

depglass1353870312.7625021 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

summersage, what did you ever do with this ring? I notice this thread is old, and my post didn't come off as being very sympathetic. I do hope you resolved the problem. A beloved ring is hard to lose, no matter what it is made of.

Kachina6241353887892.22719361 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico
Sterling that is worn continuously does not tarnish. I have a set of Native American-made bangles that I've worn almost every day for over 20 years and they've never tarnished or been polished.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

MrsT1355243192.4432106 PostsRegistered 5/17/2008
I have a RLM Tablet ring that has a scratch on the side and where the scratch is, is black. Nothing gets rid of it. The rest of the ring is bright, shiny, and beautiful. I'm another who wishes they would not plate silver jewelry.

ennui1355243832.4719957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 8/25/2012 depglass said:

I'd say you are doing well to get two solid years of wear out of any ring besides gold

I think so, too. There are reasons why wedding sets are usually gold or platinum.

I'd just pick out another ring.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

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