Post # 1
Hey bees, I’m wondering if your white gold yellows on the top part (rhodium plating comes off). When I wear white gold rings, the bottom part, in my palm, yellows in about 2 months, so quite quickly. My ring spins a lot so I thought it would make sense that the top also yellow but I haven’t observed that yet.
Perhaps the top of your ring would yellow after a long time if you don’t rhodium plate it? I’m curious to know if that’s happened to you gals.
My story: my ring was 14k white gold and I hated that it yellowed in my palm very quickly. I had the shank removed and replaed with a platinum shank. Now it’s always white!!! Love it. But the basket with the stones on the top are still white gold (it would have been way more expensive to have the entire ring remade) so I wonder if I can expect them to turn yellow at some point.
My wedding band is entirely platinum (yay!) so that one is fine.
Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
It might. My mom’s white gold rings did, but it took years for it to happen.
Post # 4
@abirdword: Yeah, it makes sense that it would, right? Over more time than the bottom part, for sure, but it would still happen. It’s all about doing proper maintenance on the rings 😉
Thanks for the info about your mom’s ring.
Post # 5
I’ve had mine for about a year. When you’re just looking at my e-ring alone you can’t really tell that it’s starting to look more yellow. However, when I slipped my wedding band on the first time (brand new white gold) you could definitely see the difference. It doesn’t bother me too much so I’ll probably only replate it once a year. My jeweler does it for free and it only takes a couple of days.
Post # 6
@MrsBeck: Yeah, the white gold alloy that yellows still has an interesting tint to it. Some women don’t even plate their white gold! But as you said, if it’s right next to a freshly rhodium plated ring, it looks more yellow. If both yellow together, it might look fine 😉
My ring is next to a platinum band, so I’ll have to keep rhodium plating it when necessary. It is also free for me, and it takes 10-14 days.
Post # 7
3 yrs and the bottom just started to yellow, the top is still white.
Post # 8
@MsSparklyBee: You’re lucky!! My hand chemistry removes the rhodium in 2 months. Sterling silver also tarnishes easily on my hands.
My Darling Husband can wear silver without any tarnish and wore a white gold band for over a year without it turning yellow. A colleague of mine has a white gold wedding band that is yellow after one year. Everyone’s different, but I wish white gold stayed white longer on my hands! It’s higher maintenance otherwise 😉
Post # 9
My solitaire with side stones and ny kite set channel set rings are very very yellow after 6 years daily wear. they’re yellow all over though. My pink sapphire is still white as the day i got it 4 years ago in spite of heavy wear. My ering is only 5 months old so still brand new looking.
i have ruby stud earrings in WG the prongs have yellowed so much they look like YG theyve been replated in the past and lasted a short time before going back to YG. i also have diamond stud earrings these I’ve stopped replating because they get yellow so quickly its ridiculous. both sets from the same jeweller who custom made them. He also made me the sapphire ring and thats been fine. one day ill get my earrings reset in platinum because obviously i have toxic ears!
Post # 10
I’ve been watching my rings for the yellowing, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s more beat up on the palm side (bottom) than yellow, really
Post # 11
OT: Ah ha! It was your ring that I was trying to think of in the cluster rings thread!
Anyway. I like the look of my wg ring as the rhodium plating wears off. It’s warmer and more vintage looking. I wouldn’t call anywhere on my ring yellow (it hasn’t been plated in almost a year), but it’s noticeably warmer next to my wedding band.
Post # 12
I have worked I jewelry for a long time and the short answer is yes. Your white gold is actually not white it is a rhodium coating on a gold and white alloy. I always tell customers to expect to rhodium plate your ring once a year to keep it white. If you are a swimmer(and dont take off your ring) or you use cleaning chemicals like bleach( which will eat away the alloys in ANY gold…dont do it!) you will need to have it done much more often. everyones skin chemistry and lifestyle is different and can cause the timing to swing dramatically between 6 onths and 1.5 years. Most protection plans cover this but if your dosn’t or you didnt get one it should cost about 30 to 50 per ring. if your rings are sautered togeather they will charge you for both rings.
Post # 13
By on top, do you mean the top of the basket, including the prongs? I would be very surprised if the plating wore off there. I have an 18k white gold diamond flower cluster RHR ring (a smaller version of yours!) that I’ve worn daily for 5-6 years. The plating has worn off the bottom of the band, and most of the inner sides, but that’s all. The top of the ring still looks white.
Also, I have to comment on how nicely your wedding band and e-ring fit together. I really like the slight gap on the sides.
Post # 14
Mine hasn’t yellowed exactly but it’s not the brilliant white that it was when i got it. the bottom has yellowed. I think i’m going to get mine plated before the wedding so it’s the same as my band and then not be too fussed on having them regularly plated after that, if they fade together it should be ok.
Post # 15
@vorpalette: Yes, the warmer colour can be really nice. More vintage, as you say. Do you have a pic that shows that colour on your ring next to your band?
@letigre: Thanks for the compliment! I had that band custom-made and really wanted an elegant gap. And yes, I do mean if the top prongs will yellow if worn a long time. It makes sense that it would eventually, as the bottom yellows so quickly on my hands. But yours have not yellowed on top eh? Good to know 😉
@hislittlepenguin: I had never heard of earrings yellowing. They’re not even in direct contact with your skin…wonder how that works! Thanks for the info 😉
Post # 16
This is why unplated looks better to my eye. It is an even color, and I like the warmth in it. That shows it is gold and not silver (the white white white of rhodium plating looks very much like silver to my eye). Of course if you leave a plated ring long enough eventually it will fully unplate itself too.