(Closed) White Gold turning yellow?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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2158 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It has happened to me.  Thank goodness FI bought the protection plan on my ring so I can get it resized and replated as often as I need with no charge.  I’m very hard on my rind though.  It was only about 8 months after I got it that it needed replating.  I think my hands must be more acidic than most or something because it happens with most metal things I touch on a regular basis.  I’m going to need to replate mine before the wedding for sure.

Post # 4
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5313 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

It all depends on your chemistry, and the white gold alloy used, and how thick the rhodium plating is. As well as what chemicals and such it may be exposed to. Some white gold alloys are very white (palladium white gold (I had this before and it was not plated and very white), X1 white) but these are rarely plated as they are so white on their own. These ones will not show yellow if they are plated and it wears. Other white gold nickel alloys do take on that “whellow” look which actually some prefer as well. My husband’s ring has lost its bright white look after 2+  years but he has said he is not interested in replating it.

If you want that rhodium look though, you already know you will probably be looking at at least once a year, maybe twice. Others can go for years, others find themselves replating every 3-4 months or so.

 

Post # 7
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m planning on getting mine done in a month. Its my graduation present to myself :P. But it only costs me $25 so its not a big deal at all for me.

Post # 8
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5313 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@Mars62312:  Hm, is it a grayish? I am really surprised it is yellow at all if it is a palladium alloy as those tend to be more of a gray-white rather than a yellowish-white.

These are my old 18k palladium white gold rings (unplated) – the prongs are platinum – the shanks were a tad more warmish gray than the prongs, but not yellow at all:

It will be easy enough to get your rings on the same schedule though if you replate right before the wedding! 

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