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Question DetailsAsked on 1/27/2018

Would a jeweler be able to Silver Plate some old rings of my wife's?

My wife has some rings that she loves but the coating has peeled off a little bit. Or there's been some discoloration that we can't polish off. I wanted to see if there was a way that a jeweler or someone else could plate them and either silver or some other silver looking metal.

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Pretty much any jeweler who does repairs should be able to do this - either by electroplating (probably how yours was done) or with the newer and more permanent metal deposition method. Requires removing any stones to do it, and not feasible probably if the ring has both silver and yellow gold in it, but take to a reputable jeweler and ask.

The jeweler may also be able to offer you gold (yellow or rose or white), rhodium, and platinum instead of silver as the coating material - typically have a better bond than silver, and also do not tarnish badly as silver does, and looks fairly similar to silver (except for the yellow and rose fgold, of course). Of course, is a previous metal so costs a bit more, but you are not using much so would not be out of reach.

FYI - here is a brief article from a jewelry store on the processes and options -

Typical cost - $50-100 apiece at normal and some chain jewelry stores, more in the $100-200 range assuming these are not massive or highly valuable pieces. Ones with jewels have to have the jewels removed first, so can be relatively small (for finger-prong type settings) to quite a bit (for enclosed or basket type settings) to do that and replace it afterwards - ditto to multi-stone settings.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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