(Closed) Changing rings to platinum?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I have my rings reset?
    Deal with the bit of yellow and stick with the white gold. : (6 votes)
    24 %
    Change them to platinum. : (19 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 3
    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have a platinum engagement ring, and I love it.  I don’t notice the dingy aspect some people talk about, even when I try it on with my yet unworn wedding band.  They look pretty much the same, except my engagement ring needs to be cleaned… but really, no problems with wearing.

    If platinum is too big of an expense, you also might consider palladium, which is very similar to platinum, but feels more lightweight and is much less expensive.  My rings are vintage, but if we’d bought new, we definitely would have considered palladium.

    Post # 4
    87 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My e-ring is white gold as well, and when I went to visit a family friend (who owns a custom jewelry store in Seattle), I asked him about white gold (with periodic rhodium plating) vs. platinum.

    Basically, white gold does not exist in nature.  It is yellow gold mixed with “white” metals, so the true personality of yellow gold remains.  The higher the karat of white gold, the more concentration of pure gold, so the more likely that you will see some yellowing.  This can be counteracted by having your rings plated with rhodium, which is a pure “white” metal that is applied to the surface of your rings in a micron or two of thickness.  This process can be done every year or so, to cover the yellowing.  Depending on your ring size and the complexity of your setting, it can cost around $35-$40 dollars (it may even be included in your jewelry maintanence and warranty if your rings were purchased from a jewelry store); you do have to have them sent out for a few days or weeks. 

    However, rhodium plating requires that the rings be buffed first, to allow the plating to adhere.  In doing so, you “lose” small layers of your ring each time the plating is applied, due to the buffing process.  Additionally, rhodium plating is just a temporary fix, and it needs to be kept up in order to avoid the “yellow” look.

    My mother has a beautiful anniversary band that my father gave her for their 20th wedding anniversary, and she has had to have it plated every year (for the last 5 years).  As Fiance and I were shopping for wedding bands, she suggested stronly that platinum is the way to go, because the upkeep of white gold is pain.

    The consensus between the family jeweler and my mother is that platinum is well worth the investment, because in the long run, the upkeep (and possible expense) or rhodium plating your white gold rings can be annoying.

    Post # 6
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Are your rings soldered together?  Mine are and they don’t wear against eachother much.  I haven’t noticed a lot of yellowing after being married a year.

    Post # 7
    2714 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m not sure about white gold, but my e-ring is platinum and I’ve had no problems with it! I guess you have to weigh the costs of changing your rings to having to have it re-dipped. My Fiance didn’t want to deal with that so he chose platinum.. and I’m very happy he did!

    Post # 8
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have white gold as an e-ring and no problems thus far (4+ months), but years ago I had a white gold ring that I had to keep getting redipped once a year.  Watch your household chemicals… sometimes cleaning the house and using products may contribute to it.

    Post # 9
    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    My parents have been married for 32 years and my Mom wears a white gold wedding set.  Her ring has never turned color.  I wonder if it’s the way the metal reacts with your skin?

    My rings (wedding band and e-ring) are platinum and I love them!

    Post # 10
    436 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

    I think it does have a lot to do with people’s chemistry. I’ve worn my white gold engagement ring for 21 months, and my white gold wedding band for 3, and have not had problems. I did have my white gold e-ring re-dipped before the wedding to make it shiny and new-looking, but it wasn’t noticeably yellow or anything. Maybe you should wait a while, and upgrade to a platinum setting down the road for an anniversary if it’s still bothering you.

    Post # 11
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Since white gold does not actually exist in nature (as teamboddye outlined) I don’t mind that mine is slightly yellow after the rhodium plating wears off.  That plating is pretty toxic.  I know some women like to get there’s replated, but not me.  By the way, I don’t think it is how it reacts with your skin as much as what the yellow gold is mixed with to make white gold.  OP, I wasn’t sure if you are saying that the plating is coming off, or that they are wearing down/ thin.  Platinum will bend etc. like gold, but is more dense so it won’t wear down.  Hope this helped, good luck!

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