14k vs 18k brightness?

posted 1 week ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Honey bee

The metal color depends on the alloy used and the ratio of gold to alloy. Palladium alloy 18kt white gold is my personal favorite as it stays very white. You have different karats and possibly different alloys (nickel gives a duller finish – for lack of a better term). You could get the ring in 18kt, but it would help if you knew the alloy in your 18kt engagement ring and could replicate it in the wedding ring.

Post # 3
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617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I had a similar problem but I just went to a jeweler around the corner had the 14k redipped in rhodium. (Both rings are James allen) I asked for a thicker layer and now they look exactly the same. I don’t wear my plain band too often (as I don’t t see it as the real deal since it was the band for the Jewish part of the ceremony and I feel the „American“ ring is more of MY wedding band) but I wore it for a while when my other band (not JA obviously) was with DK and I again had them dipped and again they looked exactly the same – color and sheen wise. 

I also have an un-dipped 18k white gold RHR and that has a completely different color. It’s grayer, more steel like with a touch of rosieness

Oh and I found that JA is really really skimpy with their dipping. Very thin layers. I had to redipp my ering after only 5 month of wearing and I had my ering serviced there once before the wedding and decided that it just not worth the hassle. For the 30$ you pay for shipping I had both my rings serviced at a jeweler in town. On the spot. I waited not even 10 min. 

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