Unplated white gold anyone?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

No experience with it but it sounds devine. You should go for it!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

mrssloan2013:  I just looked up a comparison between unplated white gold vs rhodium plated, and the unplated is just beautiful – a creamy color rather than a bright silvery white. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2003

That happens to my white gold rings too. My new setting is 18K gold and it seems to be happening faster than my 14K white gold band. I don’t mind the color of it Unplated. And like you said, you have nothing to lose. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m one of the weirdos who is actually looking forward to the rhodium plating wearing off so I can have that nice, antique-looking patina to my white gold ring.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

mrssloan2013: I agree it will compliment the OEC. I love that you put the OEC in your setting. It looks Fabulous!

Post # 9
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Honey bee

mrssloan2013:  That is such a pretty color! I love the softer look to unplated white gold. This is my dad’s wedding band. (ring on the bottom)

It’s from the 1950s and has never been replated. So it probably qualifies as “unplated” by now. It definitely has a softer look to it, but doesn’t quite have that pretty yellow/buttery color to it that your ring has. Maybe they used a different mixture to make the gold white …? Or maybe it’s because he didn’t wear it very much? I wear it from time to time now, so it’ll be interesting to see if the color changes with more regular wear.

Next to platinum and rose gold, it definitely looks more muted and less shiny. But whiter than I would have expected, given its age.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

mrssloan2013:  You know … I hadn’t thought of that, but it is possible that platinum was used to make the gold white. My mother’s rings have been on her hand pretty much since they got married. She takes them off at night, but otherwise has worn them every day for 56 years so far. They have never been replated, and they are still pretty white, too. They came from the same mom and pop jewelry store as my dad’s band. I thought, at first, that her rings were platinum. But she insists they are white gold. It would make sense for there to be some platinum in the mix somewhere.

Sadly, she had to have an expander put in her rings several years ago because of arthritis in her knuckles. When the jeweler did this, he cut away the part that had the metal markings in it. So her rings remain a bit of a mystery. But the white gold he used to make the expander looks way different than the white gold of her rings.

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Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My husband’s ring is white gold and we have it dipped every year. It doesn’t yellow so much as get really scratched up and looks kinda dull. 

I have heard it depends on the person’s body chemistry. Some people need theirs dipped every few months, others never need it. But whenever it gets resized, it should be redipped I think. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I don’t have any pics to share with you because I didn’t like it haha. I had a RHR made and it was white gold with rose gold “leaves”. When he first showed it to me, he didn’t realize it wasn’t plated. I had never seen white gold and platinum next to each other, but when I put it next to my e-ring, I could definitely tell the difference. You could also barely tell the color difference between the rose and white gold on the same ring. Needless to say, when he plated it and I went back to get it, it looked like a completely different ring.

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