Post # 1
Ok, I will try to make this short. My dh bought me a beautiful RHR at the end of May. It’s a two tone..yellow and white gold. I actually picked it out and chose it because I loved the two tone look..it really stood out to me. Anyway, I was looking at it the other day and noticied that the yellow gold appears to be fading. I looked at in different light and some spots even look completely rubed off…and you just see white gold! Now, this was a $2,000.00 ring…not a cheap $20.00 plated gold ring. I’m not really sure what to do….I would never have purchased this ring had I known it was yellow gold plated…not for that price anyway. I haven’t said anything to my dh about it yet…I’m afraid he’s either going to think I’m being too picky or just be upset about it.
We purchased it from Rogers and Hollands. I looked for the paper work on it and I’m positive it says nothing about it being plated. Is this common for them to do this with yellow gold??? Any advice would be appreciated….I’m just really upset about this…ugh.
Post # 3
Can you take a picture of the damage so we can see? It sounds really weird and fishy to me, but it’s hard to comment without seeing it. And no yellow gold is supposed to be the same color throughout
Post # 4
Take it back to them and see what they say. Worst case scenario is that it is plated yellow gold over white gold, which is unacceptable for a ring of that price. I would escalate and escalate (if you’re a commandeering person especially) for either answers or free service to re-plate it properly.
Post # 5
@emilygrace07: thanks for your help 🙂 I don’t have a camera that will take good up close pictures…soooo wish I did!!! I forgot to mention that in my original post that I couldn’t take a picture….ugh. sorry…I know that would help a lot more!
The detail is very small though anyway, not a huge ring…the ring is mostly white gold with the accents being yellow gold…I will try at some point here to post a picture of the ring.
Post # 6
@megan331979: NOPE not at all anything to be expected with a solid yellow gold ring, whatever the karat.
I have solid gold jewelry in all karats and have never seen this happen. Conversely, I also have gold plated jewelry from when I was younger, and that’s exactly what’s happened to it!
For the money you’ve spent, something’s amiss!! I think you should tell your man, and you should return to the jeweler for an explanation / help with the matter.
Post # 7
@megan331979: You should try calling the place you got it from to see what they say. Then if you talk to your DH about it you can at least have some options so he doesn’t just feel bad.
Post # 8
@megan331979: This sounds very strange for there is no such thing as white gold, its just yellow gold thats been rhodium plated so for the yellow to start looking like white gold is just not right :S
Post # 9
This is what I was thinking… I’m not a big jewelry person though so I guess I could but mistaken.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! I keep thinking and hoping that my eyes are just deceiving me and I’m not really seeing it. I’m going to reluctantly mention it to my dh and see if he sees it too….if he does, then I will take it in and see what they say.
Post # 11
That is REALLY bizarre! Maybe it’s the white gold reflecting on the yellow gold?
Post # 12
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Wrong White gold is gold mixed with an alloy that makes it white. Usually it is rodium plated, but sometimes it is not. Depending on the alloy depends on how white it is before the plate. Palladium alloyed is the whitest, and most durable. Nickle is the most common alloy but it will be yellower and softer. Nickle is more commonly used because it is cheaper and easier to aquire. Yellow gold is also mixed with an alloy, so is rose gold the alloy here is copper. The carat of the gold has to do with how much gold is in the mix the higher the carat the more gold. The higher carat of white gold the yellower it will be. Personally I like unplated white gold it is warm in tone.
Post # 13
@tails: White gold is not just rhodium plated yellow gold. It’s an alloy of yellow gold and aluminum, palladium or manganese. Sometimes it’s plated with rhodium to make it even whiter, but it’s a creamy white all on its own.
Gold alloys come in lots of colors, including pink (rose), red, green, blue (rare),and purple (also rare).
Post # 14
@megan331979: Is it possible that the white gold parts were rhodium plated, and maybe the rhodium has worn off causing the white gold to appear warmer and kind of “blend” with the yellow gold? With the contrast not being so apparant your eyes might be thinking the yellow is fading instead of the white being warmer?
I have a yellow and white gold ring, and when the rhodium finish came off the metals looked less contrast-y. Maybe that’s what’s happening?
Post # 15
I actually used to work at a jewelry counter a few years ago, and I’m wracking my brain to remember some of the terms we used. What wording, exactly, is used to describe the ring? Stores can be very sneaky about the metal used in engagement rings. It’s definitely possible that they mislead you about the metal without directly lying, though I certainly hope that’s not the case!
Post # 16
again, thanks for all the replies and helpful advice!! I looped (with a jewelers loop) the spots where the yellow gold appears to be coming off and yes….there is no doubt that’s what it looks like! I haven’t talkd with dh yet…not really sure how to bring it up.
To answer a question above….the paperwork describing the ring clearly states it as a two-tone gold ring….it’s not mentioned anywhere that it’s plated yellow gold.
I’m really sad about this….wish I could post a pic so everyone on here could see it. So not sure where to go from here.
Thanks again everyone!!!