Post # 1
My boyfriend went to a mom and pop jewelry store to ask about them making an engagement ring with a pave setting. They mentioned that they could make it in 19k white gold and it wouldn’t need rhodium plated, would be strong, and would be a great option. We went to 2 other jewelry stores and asked about 19k and they said that the first jeweler was not giving us correct information and that it would need rhodium plated, wouldn’t be strong, etc. Does anyone have more information on 19k? Does anyone own a 19k ring and what do you think?
Also, the mom and pop store does not offer warranties as this is partly why they are cheaper. We would get ring insurance, so I’m not sure if the warranty would be a big deal. What does anyone else think? Thanks
Post # 3
@aec2003: I’ve honestly never heard of 19k gold. Not that it matters here, I’m not a jewerly expert,..but I’ve typically seen 10k, 14k, 18k and 24k (which is pure gold.)
I’ve also always thought the higher the gold content, the softer the piece. My ring is 14k. I wouldn’t want any higher content as I always thought it would be more prone to dings and scratches!!
Are you talking of white gold? I always thought white gold was plated with rhodium to give it the white look, otherwise it will have a tint of yellow to it…..
huh…this is just kinda befuzzling to me, to be honest!
Post # 4
Honestly I would be very wary of this first jeweler. I’ve never heard of 19K gold, and I don’t think that it would be strong enough for day to day wear.
As far as plating, I’m almost positive that it would still need to have the rhodium replated, but you should check with a jeweler that you know you can trust because I’m not qualified to answer any of your questions for sure.
Post # 5
The higher the gold content, the softer the metal is. My parents are big believers in 24K gold and have a lot of pieces, but they get bent incredibly easily. And if it is white gold, it would be grayish in color if it isn’t rhodium plated.
Post # 6
Apparently from what I have read online 19k is soft and it is recommended you plate it with Rhodium and that you get a warranty for the Rhodium plating because it can wear.Apparently the extra karat makes no difference to the whiteness of the metal. Some people are allergic to it as it contain Nickel and alloy. These are alternative recommendations:
White gold with “palladium” as the alloy instead of nickel, platinum metal jewelry instead of white gold or white gold with a rhodium plated finish for an additional whiter appearance with the acceptance of periodic replating to preserve its white appearance.
Post # 7
Mine’s 14k white gold with the actual setting being platinum. I like how strong the white gold is, and I’ve heard it needs to be dipped WAY less than 18k white gold!
But if you’re really worried, can you go platinum?
Post # 8
I’ve never heard of 19k gold. My understanding is that the higher the number the softer it is. I’d go with 14k or platinum.
Post # 9
I know generally the higher carat gold has more of a yellow tint, but 19k white gold is supposed to be made with different alloys. I think it uses palladium instead of nickel. I looked online and found that Scott Kay Jewlers also sells 19k rings so I know it is legit and I’ve read some boards on here where people loved 19k, but I wondered years down the road how it holds up. I don’t know any jewelers personally so I don’t really have anyone that I trust to ask.
Post # 10
That sounds backwards. If they were trying to make it more white, they would need to add more of a white metal, meaning it should be less “k”. In terms of strength, 19k is ok for a ring, I wear a 21k ring as an everyday rhr and it’s been fine for 6 years.
Post # 11
@aec2003: My engagement ring is 18K white gold. I’ve only had it since November, and I don’t wear it all the time … But, from personal experience thus far, it seems to be very sturdy (I’ve definitely hit it against things a few times on accident!). There is also no yellow tint at all. I’ve never personally seen a 19K gold (white, yellow, or rose) piece of jewelry, but I feel as though I’ve seen it mentioned on the Bee in the past.
I think you should go with a jeweler that offers a warranty, though. My ring is insured, but my fiance and I still felt really strongly about having a good warranty (which was one of many reasons we went with Tacori). I’ve read that over time gold rings will need to be redipped, but my understanding is that this is pretty common (basically general upkeep).
I’ll post a picture of my ring for reference (I know a picture isn’t quite the same, but you can at least see that there is no yellow tint):
Post # 12
@aec2003: i have heard of 19k gold. it is sometimes alloyed with palladium or other white metals so it doesn’t need rhodium. are you in Canada by any chance?
Spence diamonds in canada has it and a few other local jewelers.
Stuller also has an alloy that doesn’t need rhodium, called x1 white gold .
Another place I have been to in BC didn’t rhodium plate, but they alloyed with Nickel (not good for allergies!)
Post # 13
I had this discussion with the jeweller that made my custom 18K white gold band since I am very hard on rings at times.
Everyone thinks that gold is softer as the Ks get higher but this is only true for yellow gold. With white gold it is the opposite so I wouldn’t be concerned about the hardness…not sure about the plating though. My jeweller said it all depended on how much wear and tear on your ring. When I asked him why my mother’s rings (55 years old) had never been dipped and were still white he told me that the added metals that they used back then were different and held the colour better.
Post # 14
i have read up on this and your jeweler is correct it is a fairly new method 79.2% pure gold 20.8% alloymakes it durable it is difficult to work with so a lot of jewelers dont work with it because its a combo it produces the whitest gold finish so it doesnt need to be redipped
Post # 15
I never even heard of 19 kt gold!
Post # 16
@Rubbs: If you’re from the US, that’s probably why. It’s not a ratio commonly used here. I think they do 19k a lot in Canada. I’ve heard of other countries doing 9k instead of the 10 we use here. Some places even do 24k as jewelry!