(Closed) 18k white gold problems!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4714 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

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 # 5
4714 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

@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 # 7
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
365 posts
Helper bee

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 # 11
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
2011 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014



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…







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