Post # 1
Hi all! Question for the experts here! My engagement ring is from James Allen with pretty engraving on the sides. I ordered the matching wedding ring but it’s too chunky and matchy and since it’s not an eternity I’ll be constantly fussing with it. Last night a “test” ring from eweddingbands arrived, 1.5mm, and I love it . It has the same flat profile as the engagement ring shank. And it’s comfort fit on the inside, which is heaven.
So, I definitely want this style. My engagement ring is 18k and very crisp and bright white. The wedding band I ordered in 14k and it’s definitely a shade or two darker/ grayer. Would the 18k version get me closer in color, you think? Or is the mismatch just a product of different vendors/alloy mixes? And, if they’re all rhodium plated, would the underlying metal even matter? I’d buy again from James Allen but they don’t offer this style. Thanks for any advice!
Post # 2
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
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.
Post # 4
Hmm, thanks for the input. Contacted both and JA’s alloy is palladium, nickel, zinc, and silver vs. EWB’s copper, zinc, and nickel. I had heard about JA’s rhodium plating issues too! I might wander down to a local jeweler here and see if I can look at their white gold – might be better to have the band made locally, though it will be hard to beat EWB’s pricing.