(Closed) Does your white gold ring yellow on the top?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Does your white gold ring yellow on the top?
    Yes : (24 votes)
    39 %
    No, never seen it happen : (37 votes)
    61 %
  • Post # 3
    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    It might.  My mom’s white gold rings did, but it took years for it to happen.  

    Post # 5
    7199 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve had mine for about a year. When you’re just looking at my e-ring alone you can’t really tell that it’s starting to look more yellow. However, when I slipped my wedding band on the first time (brand new white gold) you could definitely see the difference. It doesn’t bother me too much so I’ll probably only replate it once a year. My jeweler does it for free and it only takes a couple of days.

    Post # 7
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    3 yrs and the bottom just started to yellow, the top is still white. 

    Post # 9
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

     My solitaire with side stones and ny kite set channel set rings are very very yellow after 6 years daily wear. they’re yellow all over though. My pink sapphire is still white as the day i got it 4 years ago in spite of heavy wear. My ering is only 5 months old so still brand new looking.

    i have ruby stud earrings in WG the prongs have yellowed so much they look like YG theyve been replated in the past and lasted a short time before going back to YG. i also have diamond stud earrings these I’ve stopped replating because they get yellow so quickly its ridiculous. both sets from the same jeweller who custom made them. He also made me the sapphire ring and thats been fine. one day ill get my earrings reset in platinum because obviously i have toxic ears! 

    Post # 10
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve been watching my rings for the yellowing, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s more beat up on the palm side (bottom) than yellow, really


    Post # 11
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    OT: Ah ha! It was your ring that I was trying to think of in the cluster rings thread!

    Anyway. I like the look of my wg ring as the rhodium plating wears off. It’s warmer and more vintage looking. I wouldn’t call anywhere on my ring yellow (it hasn’t been plated in almost a year), but it’s noticeably warmer next to my wedding band.

    Post # 12
    42 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have worked I jewelry for a long time and the short answer is yes. Your white gold is actually not white it is a rhodium coating on a gold and white alloy. I always tell customers to expect to rhodium plate your ring once a year to keep it white. If you are a swimmer(and dont take off your ring) or you use cleaning chemicals like bleach( which will eat away the alloys in ANY gold…dont do it!) you will need to have it done much more often. everyones skin chemistry and lifestyle is different and can cause the timing to swing dramatically between 6 onths and 1.5 years. Most protection plans cover this but if your dosn’t or you didnt get one it should cost about 30 to 50 per ring. if your rings are sautered togeather they will charge you for both rings.

    Post # 13
    3215 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    By on top, do you mean the top of the basket, including the prongs? I would be very surprised if the plating wore off there. I have an 18k white gold diamond flower cluster RHR ring (a smaller version of yours!) that I’ve worn daily for 5-6 years. The plating has worn off the bottom of the band, and most of the inner sides, but that’s all. The top of the ring still looks white.

    Also, I have to comment on how nicely your wedding band and e-ring fit together. I really like the slight gap on the sides.

    Post # 14
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Mine hasn’t yellowed exactly but it’s not the brilliant white that it was when i got it. the bottom has yellowed. I think i’m going to get mine plated before the wedding so it’s the same as my band and then not be too fussed on having them regularly plated after that, if they fade together it should be ok.

    Post # 16
    6360 posts
    Bee Keeper

    This is why unplated looks better to my eye. It is an even color, and I like the warmth in it. That shows it is gold and not silver (the white white white of rhodium plating looks very much like silver to my eye). Of course if you leave a plated ring long enough eventually it will fully unplate itself too.


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