Post # 1
I know nothing about jewelry!
After trying like crazy to find a band that matches my 18k white gold vintage engagement ring, I thought I had found the answer in a band that just happened to be 14k. I just had it delivered and together, the e-ring looks kind of grayish and a little yellow in comparison.
Now…it’s 90 years old. And I’ve been wearing it for months and months. So I’m wondering…does it just need to be cleaned (and if so, how should I?). Is it because one is 14k and the other 18k? Or is it the age difference?
Any ideas how to fix this up?
Post # 3
My guess is the age difference is more of an issue than the karat. I have an 18K e-ring and a 14K wedding band and they look the same to my eyes. White gold has alloys of other metals in it to make it white. What those metals are has probably changed in 90 years and the different alloys may be giving you the different shades. The new ring might also be rhodium plated while the older one may not be. I would take the rings into a jeweler and ask them what can be done to even out the color. They might be able to dip both rings in the same rhodium coating to even them out or maybe polishing the older ring would make a difference.
Post # 4
I have a vintage 18K e-ring and a 14k band. the band was rhodium plated — do you know about plating? white gold has a very slightly “warm” tinge to it, so it’s often plated to look super white.
however, this all depends on the quality of your ring. my 18k ring has never been plated and it barely has that warm tinge at all. I think that means it has really good quality alloys in it. I had the plating polished off of my 14k ring and now they match. they’re both just the slightest bit yellow, but like I said, I can barely notice now that they both match.
I suggest one of two things for you:
1. get your 18k ring plated, but it will have to be redone about once or twice a year at $50 a pop (or so). once you start wearing your wedding band, you’ll need to get them both replated on a regular basis. having them soldered together will help keep them from rubbing together, and so you won’t need to get them replated quite as often.
2. or, let the plating wear off your 14k ring (or have it polished off), and then get your 18k ring polished so it’s shiny again.
either way, I would wait until right before the wedding to do these things if I were you. once rings are polished, they tend to get scratched up again pretty soon.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice! I had wondered if plating might have something to do with it. Sounds like a trip to the jeweler is in order.