I am purchasing a used 10kt yellow gold ring and would like to have it rhodium plated. There is a blue topaz set into into that I assume would have to be removed prior to the plating. I am curious if the network jewelers here do this often, and if so, for what price.
I personally would not recommend this - Brian is right - as the plating wears off the yellow metal would be unattractive showing through. I had my rings replated for $35 each and the results were great - but that was over white metal.
I've been rhodium dipping my ring for the last year or so. It looks great when it's done, but needs to be done every 3 or 4 months. I've waited so long to do mine this time, it's pretty much back to yellow gold. If I don't end up resetting my dipped ring as we are planning, then I will definitely keep dipping it.
I forgot to mention the price. I paid about $35.00 last time I did it. I was in a jewelry store the other day (I think Samuels) and they dip in about 30 mins, where usually I have to leave it for a day or two. Anyway, they quoted me $55.00 for both pieces. I have an ER and a guard.