Post # 1
I don’t know what it is with my skin or what but white gold turns yellow on me FAST! I’ve only had my wedding band for less than 2 months and it already looks yellow! What is it with the quality of white gold these days?? It just seems so cheap and the plating does not last long at all (not for me anyway). My mother has a white gold ring and she didn’t have it plated in over 20 years and it doesn’t have a trace of yellow. It’s just grey looking and I’d prefer that over yellow! I sort of like the unplated look of white gold but I don’t like it for very long because it just looks unfinished to me. I’m beginning to want to re-set my diamond in yellow or even rose gold if I can find it cheap enough.
Anyone else feel the same or prefer warmer metals or metals that don’t need plating?
Oh and for the record I don’t have warranty with my ring so I need to pay for re-plating and I never like to take my rings off.
Post # 3
Platinum is a good option for no maintenance, minus the expense. Why is it so pricey!
Post # 4
I have platinum. I love it! It is super pricey though. :/
I hear palladium is similar to platinum and cheaper.
Post # 5
It’s not the white gold that is the problem…it’s wherever you take your ring to get plated. Maybe they’re putting on too thin of a layer of rhodium?
Post # 6
@StuporDuck: It is expensive! Anyway I would ruin that thing I have super rough hands and bang them everywhere! I’m not sure I like the patina and that’s a lot of polishing I would need to pay for!
Post # 7
@Bazingau: That’s what I thought too but it happens to me with every white gold ring whether it’s new or I just got it plated! I’m a weirdo LOL
Post # 8
I much prefer yellow gold to white gold or platinum for my rings, but it all depends on personal preference 🙂
Post # 9
@JustLove25: I’ve noticed that as well with my engagement ring as well! I have had it for about a year and got it replated in May and it seems like sometimes I can already see it turning yellow. Thankfully the replating is covered by my warenty because my setting is more complex and I’m pretty sure it would be so expensive to reset.
Let me know if you find a solution for your ring!
Post # 10
@centralcoastbride: I’ve heard white gold wears differently on different people and it definitely wears faster on me.
Post # 11
We hemmed, hawwed, pecked, and drove jewelers nuts before doing anything. FI originally wanted a “silvery metal” for bands and since I got an ering I was fine with the bands being what he wanted. Sterling silver (not durable enough). Platinum was his preference but for a good width for his finger would be 3k…gasp (twice white gold). So.. white gold…
This was what at least 20 jewelers told us (not box stores):
-white gold can be made with different alloys so that it actually IS white all the way through and with no plating (costs lots more and is what it is) or it can just be lesser on the white alloys or none and then plated with rhodium (this range is more common and people accept they need plating now and then).
-something about your skin/body chemistry can cause a chemical reaction causing even the purest white gold turn to it’s natural yellow color which will require frequent plating of rhodium. This is almost exactly what they all said even of the pure white gold. I have to add that being a seriously technical person I have a hard time calling a white gold “pure” when gold is yellow hued naturally it takes special alloys to make it white and even then doesn’t always work lol. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I think it’s just as pretty as gold or rose gold :). I’m just that obnoxious technical person and thank God FI understands that about me! So please don’t take offense!
If you really want white metal and can afford changing platinum and palladium are worth looking into too. Platinum is heavier, but actually scratches/dents easier (and can be buffed smooth easier also). And pallladium is in between.
Unfortunately for the price your best bet is to just go with gold (if you want to be safe and have some type of gold) or maybe rose gold (no idea how they make it rose or if it has the same issues so I’m clueless on it!).
Post # 12
White gold turns yellow super fast on me, too. But I don’t wear my rings to shower or clean, and I know you said you don’t like to take your rings off but all those chemicals will turn it much, much faster!! If you take them off when you’re cleaning (or wear gloves) and when applying styling products, etc…. it won’t turn as fast.
Post # 13
I have had my ring for a year & a half and I have already had it dipped & its turning yellow again. I personally dont care for yellow gold, so I guess I will have to get my ring dipped once a year.
Post # 14
@JustLove25: Mine is the same way! I dont get it.. UGH!!
Post # 15
It could be that you have acidic sweat and that’s what’s doing in the plating? My FI has super acidic sweat, to the point where it eats through the outer coating on his sunglasses. That’s the only thing I’ve ever seen it do, though. He wears a sterling silver ring and hasn’t had any problems with it. Though you did say that you never take it off, so like a pp said, residue and chemicals from hair/bath products or cleaning products could be pushing that right along.
Post # 16
I had my engagement ring for 1 year with no patina and man I was rough on it. I only got it polished after 1 year because I want it to be completely pristine on a high powered camera for the wedding and there were some minor scratches from web I whacked it on cabinets, doors, the fridge,my keys, railings, etc. you couldn’t see any scratches if you looked at it from a distance more than 6 inches away.