Post # 1
I have a beautiful engagement ring that was bought in Germany. When we tried on wedding rings in Japan – and also compared to my old gold-plated promise ring bought online – the engagement ring looks slightly yellow-tinged next to the platinum rings dominantly offered in stores there.
I realised I prefer the whiter look of platinum over the warm white gold ring I have, but I love my ring. Is there any way to change its colour, or would we have to reset it into a platinum setting once we have more money? Is that even possible without damaging the stone?
Thank you in advance for any answers!
Post # 2
There are many different alloys for white gold, and some white gold is rhodium plated, some is not.
For example, a gold-high palladium alloy is going be more “grayish yellow white” than a gold-nickel (or gold-nickel-low palladium) alloy, which will be more yellow. But you will also find that 18k will still look “creamier” than 14k or 10k because well, gold is yellow, and the more gold content, the more it will lean towards yellow.
Some companies also make “super white” alloys like X1 (Stuller) or Precise White (Hoover & Strong, I think)
But if you plate them all with rhodium, they will all look the same, a more brighter, shinier, silvery white. How quickly the rhodium wears off depends on the thickness of the plating, your own skin acidity, how you treat and wear your rings.
Platinum is a more grayish white too. With wear, it takes on a softer gray satin look (patina) I like both warm white gold on me AND platinum (especially when it gets a patina), but I hate plated white gold on me as it is too bright silvery-white and washes me out.
So, your options for your current ring are to either plate it with rhodium, or to reset it. There is always a risk to the stone when you remove from a setting or set it, but some jewelers will insure this if you are buying a setting from them, and other times you may have to buy your own insurance (only a few places insure loose stones or stones during setting, like Jewelers Mutual).
Here are some comparisons of white metals for you:
- 18K yellow gold
- 18K white gold, rhodium plated
- 18K palladium white gold, not plated
Post # 3
Wow, thank you so much! I really do much prefer the whiter metals in your pictures.
Can diamond-studded rings be plated as well? Can they be combined with platinum without risk?
Post # 4
Diamond studded rings can be plated as well, but I would not recommend using platinum together with white gold, since the harder platinum will wear on the white gold, and the white gold will slowly be worn out/damaged. And especially if you have diamonds on the band, the platinum can damage the prongs and you might lose diamonds.
Platinum never loses metal, it just changes shape if it gets damaged/you wear it with other rings, gold on the other hand gets thinner and thinner and thinner if it is worn with other rings.
Post # 5
Okay, thank you! Which do you think is better?
Post # 6
Okay, so I contacted the seller of the ring I want to buy and asked for their white gold alloy.
They say it is this: “14K gold contains 58.5% gold, 22.4% silver, 14.1% copper and 5% nickel.”
Is that bad? Should I get the same ring for more money in platinum from Japan like I wanted? (The thing with Japan is, they have never seemed to hear about blood diamonds and don’t know where their stones are from…) My engagement ring is in a yellowish white gold, should I have that reset into platinum so it won’t break?