(Closed) 18k white gold turning yellow…

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

They say it depends on how acidic your hands are naturally.  My white gold e-ring started turning noticeably yellow in just a few months, and by the time we started looking at wedding rings 8 months after engagement, my e-ring looked downright dirty next to the shiny new white gold rings in the stores.

You can get it cleaned and rodium plated every year to keep it looking sparkly if you want – most stores will do that for you for $20-30.

Post # 4
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

You can take it to a jeweler and they can replate it with rhodium, but I think yellowish gold white gold is lovely, and natural (since all gold is).

Post # 5
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It depends on how acidic your hands are. My ring has been on my finger for over a year and it still looks great. However, I have a friend whose hands are so acidic that she has to have her ring replated at least every year!

Post # 6
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I also love the look of white gold that has lost some of it’s whiteness. The color you see initially isn’t composed of gold at all — it’s just rhodium like pp said, which is a member of the platinum “family” I wanna say. So I think it’s nice that it becomes more gold-like. I know it’s a little too late, but opting for 14k gold is a good way to reduce the yellowing effect, as there is less gold color in the alloy to begin with.

Post # 7
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My jeweler showed me an unplated 14k white gold. It looked great – hardly yellow at all. I opted not to have my band plated and they jeweler said if I want it to match my e-ring they can polish off the rhodium so the “yellowing” is even. Otherwise just get it replated periodically.

Post # 8
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My e-ring wasn’t really noticeable that it was worn down after 2 years when I bought the wedding band but when I saw the two together, I could really notice the difference.

Post # 9
9 posts

Hi Zaylee, I am in the process of deciding white gold vs. platinum right now and this website finshing.com(isn’t just about rings) sounded very scientific when it comes to explaining that the white gold used now is very different, especially because they plate next to all of it with rhodium( yeslittlemissmango a metal in the platinum family). I am leaning towards platinum and my so keeps telling me it is  up to me, he is funny bc he knows I have done quite a bit of research. You should be able to take it to your jeweler and he should cover the cost of the rhodium plating..if not maybe you should consider whether or not you will want to have it “dipped” or replated every couple of years. Maybe you could work out a deal to use that ring setting for a less significant ring, just a “fun ring” and switch your metal. Just a thought. Good luck!



Post # 10
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

My ring started turning yellow in about a month.  My e ring isn’t smooth or flat, so the little raised bumps on the sides and the part underneath is what started to turn first.  I was told my hands must be acidic because the white didn’t last very long at all!  If you want a white ring, I highly recommend you either go platinum or sterling silver.  I had to get it replated two weeks before the wedding and I’m not wearing it at all anymore to keep it white for the photos. It feels weird not wearing it, especially since I’m supposed to be thrilled to wear my ring just weeks before I say “I do!”  Perhaps my jeweler just skimps on the rhodium?  That might be the case if it’s so expensive.  Not sure, this could just be my experience.  


Post # 11
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you get a double coating of rhodium it should keep the “platinum” look longer. I had a double coating of rhodium done on mine about 2 years ago and i only just need to get it done again.

Post # 12
2734 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

White gold starts yellowing on my fingers in about a month. It’s the hand chemistry. Silver also tarnishes easily on me. My favorite metal: platinum!!! So white, always. Don’t know much about palladium but it sounds good too, and less expensive. 

I’ve had the shank of my e-ring changed from 14K white gold to platinum. I’m also considering having a thin eternity band I wear on its own remade in platinum so I don’t have to worry about the prongs turning yellow in so little time. 

Post # 13
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I must be pretty lucky.  I’ve had my ring set almost 6 years.  I only had it re-dipped last year when we added a new anniversary band.


My mother’s white gold set has only been re-dipped once…and she’s had it for 45 years.


I think it has a lot to do with your body chemistry…but also, I do NOT wear jewelry around the house!  Just think all the lotions, soaps, and other detergents that would come in contact with your jewelry!


Don’t just write off white gold b/c it has to be re-dipped periodically.  My sister has a yellow gold ring– that has to be buffed and polished periodically as well..


I have no experience with platinum jewelry at all, so I won’t voice a concern on that.



Post # 14
781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just noticed that my white gold ring is also yellowing and I’ve had it for 11 months. Thankfully I can get it re-dipped whenever, free of charge! I might just wait until right before our wedding though as it doesn’t bother me too much.

Post # 15
4657 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I was told that 18k gold goes yellow faster than 14k gold because of the higher gold content.

My 14k band that is a year old is only slightly yellow. Not noticeable unless I put it up against a new WG band. Also depends on the jeweller’s alloy they use. Some alloys are yellower than others.

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