Post # 1
So my husband proposed to me with an 18k gold princess cut solitaire. I have had issues with the redipping and each time I take it to get dipped, the rhodium seems to wear off faster each time.
I got my engagement ring dipped 4 weeks before my wedding day. I then stuck it in it’s box and put it away. I wore a pandora sterling silver band for the weeks leading up to my wedding. I didn’t even wear my ring for my bachelorette party.
I got married 6 weeks ago and the wedding band I chose is 14k gold and came from Zales, while my e-ring came from a local jeweler. The 14k wedding band looks BRAND NEW while my e-ring looks like I haven’t dipped it in a year!
I read that when the rhodium wears off of 18k gold, it gets a lot more yellow but does not wear off any faster.
Do I have a faulty gold band?
My husband and I have talked about getting a 2nd wedding band for our first year anniversary, but now I am wondering if I should take that money to get a new setting such as a halo or something.
Has anyone else had this issue as well?
Post # 3
girl get a new setting that sounds weird…I didnt think 18 wore any faster then 14 cause rhodium is rhodium and it is on the outside and shouldnt matter what the underneath is for wear…it doesnt have a different strenght …at least i didnt think so
Post # 4
Right! I asked the guy my husband got my e-ring from why it tarnishes faster each time and he said because of the acid in my skin. I looked it up online and that is false. One of my best friends works at a chain jewelry store and she said that isn’t true.
Post # 5
@JM1217: i did hear that too and thought it was true….but if ur band looks new and ur e-ring doesnt then there is some sort of prob
Post # 6
I know, I am so mad about it right now. I never wanted to change a thing about my e-ring but I may have to…
Post # 7
I heard once that as soon as you start dipping white gold into rhodium, it needs to be one more and more often. Can’t remember where I heard it though.
My e-ring is nearly 6 years old and I’ve never had it dipped once. In saying that though I’m not married yet so there’s no other bands to compare it to. Sometimes it looks like it has a yellow tinge to the band, other times not.
Post # 8
Have you tried having it dipped at a different jeweler? I have read about super thin rhodium or rhodium that needed to be replaced (but the jewelers continued using it to save money). I would try it somewhere else and see.
Post # 10
@morganjenkstamwood: Yep! And it does the exact same thing. It’s so weird.
@shadesofviolet: That is very interesting, I have never heard that before!
Post # 11
Ok, so the trick is here that they are not the same blend of metals. White gold (I assume that is what it is) is made of yellow gold, right?. so 750 stamp (18K) means it has 75% of yellow gold in the ring The rest is blended with other white metals such as silver, platnium, pladium etc, but different manufacturers have different blends. So they can wear and look different. And the 14k will have less, so therefore it should be slightly whiter once all rhodium is worn off.However it is weird that one ring is wearing the white gold away quicker than the other.
Which shop did you take them to, to be re-rhodium plated? Are you sure it is not just dirty and needs a good clean. (Sounds silly but I see it all the time) Oh and as far as I am conserned, yes your skin does have different acidity levels and people wear it away differently and quicker than others. Some people also go black from wearing gold or green. I wish I could see it and have a better look.
Oh and I work in a reputable jewellers and I see this type of stuff all the time. But it does sound a little odd that the 14k is wearing quicker…bit suss.
Post # 12
i have a few white gold rings, my engagement ring is 18k white gold and i have had it since March and i have very acidic skin which is ‘supposed’ to make the plating wear faster. one of my white gold ring is quite brassy coloured after 4-5 years of wearing evreyday. We looked at wedding bands at the weekend also in 18k white gold, and my engagement ring was just as bright white as the brand new ring.
Different countries use different processes of making white gold, some people use different alloys in with the gold. this may be the reason why yours look different colours even right after plating.
Post # 13
THIS IS WHY I HATE WHITE GOLD!!! GET PALLADIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18k is much more yellow than 14k for white gold, because its more pure yellow gold metal mixed with less white gold alloy, plus its WAY too soft for engagement rings people wear for every day…its just an issue.
If you work with housecleaners like windex with ammoinia it is possible you wear off the rhodium faster than others who take off their ring.
if you can’t afford a platinum setting or you don’t like the heavy feel, palladium is a precious metal, it still has melt value, its stronger than platinum, its more scratchproof than white gold and NEVER needs rhodium, EVER…
Luckily its a bit less in price than 18k, even though palladium is 95% pure. if you want to read up on it I think its your best bet.
offers palladium as well, so if your jeweler is a vender you can request it, or I know Justice of the Peace Diamonds Inc. in NYC where I go orders from there so you can email them at [email protected] or 347-554-0625
here’s palladium info…
Post # 14
@ChocolateLime: Thanks for the info! That really sucks though that when you get a gold ring it may be different than other gold rings you have because they are mixed differently. I don’t like that at all.
Post # 16
@Becky33: I don’t like that at all. I always assumed 18k gold is 18k gold and it’s all the exact same!
I have taken it to Jared’s as well as 2 other local jewelers besides the one my ring came from.
And I never wash dishes or clean with my rings on. I take them off for showers and usually when I wash my hands,