Post # 1
My fiance bought my Ering and wedding band at the same time from the same designer. She did not have the band in stock and had to make one for us, and we just got it yesterday. I’ve only had my Ering for a month, and just had it professionally cleaned and take good care of it on my own, yet it is not as “white” as the band. They are both 14k White gold, so you would think they would match right?
Anybody else had this problem?
Post # 3
White gold is an alloy – mixed with another metal – generally nickel or palladium.
It’s generally plated with rhodium – when the plating wears off, as it does with time and wear, the ring will look dingier, more yellow, more dirty – not nearly as light and shiny because the real metal is showing through.
But you can get it re-plated – that’s fairly common and any jeweler would know exactly what you meant. The gold part itself is generally a dingy grey-ish color, the rhodium plating is what makes it look ‘white’.
Post # 4
lol, I used the words dingy and dirty because I can’t think of another word to describe it but I only mean it in comparison with the newer ring. My E ring looks so OLD compared to my wedding band…
White gold rings are still absolutely gorgeous.
Post # 5
My bands were not as white as my e-ring….i had them re-plated together to match. Perfection =]. It was only $80, so it’s not very expensive. My bands were grayish, but my e-ring was like, platinum white
Post # 6
My two rings look like two different colors as well even though they are both platinum and the band matches the setting in my E ring, but the color is so much brighter. I didn’t realize that in 8 months my ring would change so much in color….it looks kinda weird with the much brighter band, but I figure it will change color with time.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! I was worried that we were getting ripped off or something, but it looks like the re-plating route is where we should go.
Post # 8
Yup, our jeweler worked on my ering before the wedding and both looked like they just came out of the jewelry box for the first time 🙂
Post # 9
like everyone else said, have your jeweler re-plate it. also, some jewelry store have insurance/inspection programs you can purchase, and they will replate the ring as often as you like for the rest of your life, plus inspect it for scratches, weaknesses, etc.
Post # 10
Replating is definitely the way to go. My mom did that with her wedding and engagement rings cause they were 2 different karats in gold!