(Closed) Diamond set in white gold…pool?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
Hostess
9808 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

There’s always the possibility it will slip off while swimming. I do not wear my jewelry in the pool. 

Post # 3
Member
2678 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

If it doesn’t hurt your skin it won’t hurt your diamond. I’m not sure if chlorine causes dulling or tarnishing with gold, it will with silver, but regardless you can clean it off with a polishing cloth.

Post # 4
Member
2699 posts
Sugar bee

Chlorine isn’t great for the rhodium plating on your white gold. Your stone will be fine. 

Post # 5
Member
5158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Aside from the risk of loss, chlorine is VERY BAD for nickel, which is one of the most common alloys in North America for white gold.

In other words, chlorine causes a chemical reaction that will cause the nickel to disintegrate over time. So, approximately 25-45% of your ring (i.e. if 18k or 14k) is now subject to this.

This includes the prongs holding your diamond.

Other alloys like copper (in rose gold, yellow gold) also are at risk but nickel is just VERY vulnerable.

Chlorine can also be detrimental to solders/solder joints like from resizing, repairs, from where heads are attached to the bands, etc. Solders are often “lower temperature alloys” for ease of use, and they can be very vulnerable to chemicals like chlorine.

So no, I would not recommend wearing your ring in the pool, hot tub, etc. 

If your white gold ring is alloyed with palladium, however, then wear it, just knowing the risk of loss of course is still there, and you need to also make sure the solder joints aren’t susceptible, and the prongs are a similarly chlorine resistant alloy.

 

 

Bleach is also very bad for white gold, FYI. A white gold/nickel ring left in bleach for a day or so will be destroyed and can actually completely dissolve.

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