Post # 1
Don’t get me wrong. I love me some rhodium. Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry I own are rhodium plate. I just don’t really understand why you would invest in such an expensive material if the goal is for it to be completely covered and hidden.
Even if the malleability of the metal is why gold is chosen, why would you not want to go with silver as the base ring instead? It would be far more economic, and you wouldn’t run into having your ring look completely dissatisfying as soon as the rhodium plating started to wear off?
Is it just about gold being a more posh metal, or am I missing something here?
Post # 3
Silver does not last as long. It can get brittle as the piece gets older. I generally wear silver jewllery but for a ring that I wear every day I would want something a bit more durable. Rings tend to get bashed about more than other pieces of jewellery.
Many people do not bother to get rings replated as they like the look of the white gold. Palladium white gold is also much whiter than the ‘normal’ white gold.
Post # 4
@Bracelet00: I don’t think you have to “get” it. If you don’t like it, that’s fine – there are many other metals out there for you to choose from. I happen to like the way it looks, which is why I chose it for myself.
As far as the ring looking “completely dissatisfying as soon as the rhodium plating start
to wear off” – again, your opinion. I don’t think it looks completely dissatisfying, so perhaps you should select your words a little more carefully so that you don’t come off as judgmental and rude.
I’d say this thread is going nowhere good. I don’t really understand what you are hoping to gain here.
Post # 5
I don’t have a custom ring… I saw the ring I wanted, it came in white gold, I got white gold. I’ve been wearing it daily for nearly a year and it looks just as perfect as the day my fiancé put it on me. No problems here!
Post # 6
I adore white gold. I think it has a different sheen to it than silver. I just like the way it looks. It seems brighter to me. *shrugs*. It’s all about personal preference.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
I don’t like yellow gold. Silver doesn’t last as long as gold. Solution = white gold.
Post # 8
@Bracelet00: I get mine dipped for free.I think platinum is overpriced and I would never own sterling jewelry.
Post # 9
I’ve never had my white gold rings yellow or “rub off” like most people experience. Maybe it’s my body chemistry, but my white gold ring I’ve been wearing since I was in 8th grade is still as brilliant, white and beautiful as my less-than-a-month-old white gold bridal set.
The reason sterling silver is not more freely used is that once it is set in a size, it is risky to resize it. Resizing silver compromises the ring’s integrity and makes it very fragile, brittle and prone to breaking and cracks. Most jewelers will not resize a silver ring for this reason. They’re not “impossible” to resize… it’s just a good idea to not do it. Steel is a problem for this reason as well — it becomes very brittle if resized. This is another reason why steel machinary or tools are just replaced instead of “fixed” since it will be much more fragile than it was before.
Gold is popular because it’s cheap (compared to platinum), & it’s structurally harder than platinum (A white gold ring will rub away the metal of a platinum one if they are placed flush against one another).
Post # 10
I had a sterling silver ring in high school that my now FH gave me. After 7 years, it’s not round anymore. It’s extremely misshapen. White gold is an affordable option for those that want a durable ring they can wear every day, and have the silver look.
It seems like you are under the impression that the rhodium plating is the only thing that makes it white. The base alloy is also white, just not quite as bright, and this is what shows when the plating wears off. I’ve had my ring for a year, and I think I can see base metal (maybe), and I still think it’s beautiful. I’ll get it replated to match the wedding band when I get it, then will probably let them fade at the same rate.
Post # 11
The durability’s the major factor. Silver is soft and can bend easily, not properties you want in a ring meant for daily long-term wear. this is especially true for delicate prongs and styles like pave, which require a harder metal. A silver pave ring after a while will lose stones like nobody’s business. White gold’s also cheaper than platinum, does not scratch as easily, and has a brighter color. Platinum’s heavy, expensive, grayish, and forms a patina pretty quickly (I prefer platinum, but see why those properties may not appeal to someone wanting a white metal).
Some people even like the look of unplated white gold because it’s white but a bit warmer than platinum or rhodium. Sort of how ivory’s not pure white, but still a type of white. The rhodium is added to push that yellowish white into a more silver color.
Post # 12
@PermaStudent: Apologies. I’ve only ever heard complaints about the appearance from white gold owners who have expereinced the rhodium starting to wear off and the gold underneath showing through. I will ask though, if the look you love is the gold alloy, why get it plated in rhodium in the first place? Or is it more a love of the two together, like people who like the look of patina enhancing the detail on their silver?
@Hyperventilate: That’s brand new news to me, and makes a lot of sense. I’m not savy to jewelry by any means, so I didn’t know that resizing silver was a challenge.
Post # 13
@Hyperventilate: I actually did not know that white gold can wear away platinum if the two metals abut each other.
For about a year and a half, I wore my white gold anniversary band with my platinum e-ring and wedding band. However, I stopped doing this earlier this summer, when I learned that I had several loose stones in my wedding set. I began to suspect that the extra spinning involved with three rings vs. two may have been the culprit.
Post # 14
I love white gold. Most of my jewelry is white gold, minus my Tiffany bracelet, (silver) and my engagement ring platinum.
I think to each is own as what someone likes and wears. What does it matter?
Post # 15
I love the look of platinum and always thought I would get it. But then I had a friend who worked for DeBeers and she showed me some magnified close ups of vintage (GORGEOUS) platinum rings that were very very scratched (it scratches easily).
It can be easily fixed but I know I’m not the type for a high-maintenance ring and I’m also not delicate with my stuff. So that along with the cost made getting white gold the best for me.
Platinum color is still my favorite though, and I would pick it over yellow gold. I wanted to be sure the setting would be strong enough for the diamonds so I didn’t consider silver, but that’s also because I didn’t see any silver (metal) rings with diamonds.
It really depends on your preference, lifestyle and budget.
Post # 16
@cwedding14: +1 great & simple explanation!
Now that my rhodium is wearing off a bit I actually love the way the coloring of the setting looks. It’s not the white color any more or a true yellow gold but I love the mix of the two.