Post # 1
I got engaged on the 5th of October in Japan whilst on holidays (best holiday ever!). I absolutely love my engagement ring, it’s exactly what I wanted -white gold, brilliant cut, round and very sparkly 🙂 the only problem is that having to carry a very heavy suitcase around I’ve scratched the back of the ring. I’ve taken it to a Michael hill and they suggest to get it get it rhodium plated as it’s whites gold and buffing it will only change its colour. (I’ve told my partner and he said he is going to look into it as his uncle made it for us).I’m told white gold is very soft and the hardest to keep unscratched… I’m a nurse, full time, I go to the gym and I also do various other activities that consist of fabric and going upside down. They suggested that when I work/gym ect that I put it on a necklace.
Which brings me to you guys! I want to know how many of you have to do the same? Have you scratched the back of your ring? How long until you got it ‘rhodium plated’ and so soon?! My ring for reference and please show me your gorgeous rings too!
Post # 2
We considered going with white gold but decided to go with platinum instead as I’m just about done with nursing school and was worried about it getting scratched. But I wouldn’t see why wearing it on a necklace would be a problem! I’m also planning on getting a Qalo wedding ring to wear if my engagement ring rips my gloves.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2016 - Garden
sarbear7777777 : I can relate to that. I had my ring for a year and the metal is wearing down. I haven’t worn my wedding ring so obviously thats on tip top shape but when it’s against my e-ring, gosh you can tell the difference.
Here’s a pic of what i mean:
I’m turning in my ring to get it redipped. And to make sure it lasts longer than it has, I’ll request it to be double plated.
Here’s my ring with my wedding band 🙂 so in love! Can’t believe I’ll be able to wear this set forever in just 30 days!
Post # 4
princessbee1991 : sooo beautiful! That set looks amazing together! Did it cost you a lot to double plate? Maybe I should do that too!
Thank you for your message :)!
Post # 5
White gold isn’t that soft at all. Especially not if it is nickel white gold. Indeed it is known to be quite hard on the Vickers hardness scale compared to other alloys:
Rhodium (plating) 800 HV
14k White Gold 230 HV
18k White Gold 210 HV
18k Yellow Gold 155 HV
14k Yellow Gold 140 HV
14k Rose Gold 140 HV
Palladium 130 HV
Platinum 125 HV
Sterling Silver 75 HV
All rings scratch, even platinum (some platinum alloys are also softer than others – one of the most common platinum alloys used in mainstream market is only 80 HV!). That is just part of wearing them. Many wearers of platinum rings for example even like the patina platinum gets (which is just a fancy way to say it has a lot of tiny scratches and itsn’t so shiny anymore!)
If your ring is rhodium plated (not all white gold rings are, some are very white alloys on their own and won’t ‘change colour’) the replating frequency depends on your wear, skin, exposure to things like ammonia or chlorine, thickness of plating.
For the gym and such, it is probably better just to leave it at home. But I do know many nurses who wear theirs on a chain or pin to scrubs during work hours as they can’t wear their rings at work.
Post # 6
My ring is also white gold because in the country where we bought it they don’t know how to work with platinum so we were advised not to purchase a platinum ring.
I’ve been traveling this month and I can notice some scratches at the bottom but I’ll probably just get it replated when I get back (eventually).
My friend is a nurse and she can’t wear her ring at work, I’m not sure where she puts it but I also think a chain can be a good idea
Post # 7
I’ve already have to get mine rhodium planted done because of the color wearing through. Had it two years now. I ware mine everyday all day through everything. He’s right it is more maintenance to keep a white gold ring up then the yellow gold but, it worth it in the end the way the diamonds shine. The insurance I have on my ring and both of my channel set bands are cover on all and everything I need to keep them looking new so I’m glad on that because most maintenance done is not cheap.
Post # 8
The back of your ring is probably going to get a bit scratched/marked up no matter what metal it is.
Post # 9
All rings get scratched up. It really shouldn’t matter much since the scratches are on the bottom.
I get my white gold ring re-dipped once a year. It is covered in my warranty, so its free for me.
As for the ring on the necklace, that sounds like a good idea for your job. Or once you are married, you could just have a plain band that you wear for work, and then just add on the ering for other times.
Post # 10
I’ve had my ring (14k white gold) for… maybe four months and the under side is scratched. It’s not so bad that I can see the yellow but it’s definitely duller than the top of my ring. I like the yellow of white gold so don’t plan to get mine replated. Unfortunately any ring is going to scratch. My Future Sister-In-Law has a platinum ring and she said when she’d had hers for just a few months that was scratched too. When I am doing anything that could scratch my ring more (hiking, I worry about falling and damaging it, carrying heavy things) I just leave my ring at home.
Post # 11
- Wedding: February 2017 - Hagakyrkan
sarbear7777777 : i have a gold chain that i use for that whenever icant wear my rings 🙂 its very practical. I also wear my plain old silver ering instead, and the new ering on the chain. I could never leave the house without my ring!!
Post # 12
I bought a ring holder pendant off of Etsy that I can easily clip my rings off and into when needed.
Post # 13
keepitsimple : that’s such a wonderful idea for a ring holder! I’ve orders one just now! Thank you! (It took too long to unclog my necklace to put it on). Cheers!
Post # 14
Westwood : it seems that way but it’s so disheartening! 🙁
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2016 - Garden
sarbear7777777 : well I’m going to request it, this sunday. So ill let you know the details. Other jewelers said to me its possible to do so. They should allow it with no cost with a life time warranty. I have the kind where you have the option to upgrade later on but I’m going to keep this ring for good. Without insurance on your jewelry it may cost a bit much. I’m praying it’d be no more than. $50. Good luck bee