(Closed) Is the amount of wear on my ring normal?

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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thesoontobemrsv :  yes!! Mine was def yellow. 

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mrsgreeneyes :  oh wow thanks for the heads up. That would be disappointing to say the least!

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2017

about the platinum/plated comment–every white metal you see in a run-of-the-mill jewelry store is rhodium plated in their cases. everything from white gold to platinum to sterling silver. platinum is beautiful if you like the patina it will develop. one of my friends has a platinum ring she still gets redipped, but i like mine the way it is.

don’t shy away from rhodium! the color we know as “white gold” is actually all rhodium…white gold has a distinctly yellow tint, which is why we rhodium plate it to make it whiter. it’s also more reflective/pretty and prevents scratching! desks actually bump and scratch rings a lot more than you think, but definitely still wear it to work! that’s the point. wear it and love it. just don’t wear it cooking, to bed, gardening, anywhere you can get prongs stuck on something (since 18k gold is softer than most rings). rhodium plating will be part of your normal ring maintenance. just don’t do it too often as the scratches get buffed out to provide a smooth surface for the plating and over time buffing it a lot will make the shank wear away. some people need it done every 6 months (very acidic skin) and some people can go a couple years without. also depends on your sensitivity to the color because some people just don’t care!

 you can get your band cleaned up but stay away from polishing (as in with a machine) too often for the same reason. polishing with a cloth every few months is no big deal. and if you’re worried about longterm wear, whenever you send it out for a sizing/replating politely request your shank is measured (width and thickness) before and after and notated on your receipt.

but no, your scratches are not alarming for a month of using it. they’re mostly light scuffs anyway, other than the one ding. but that can happen from hitting a hard table too. i had a ring split down the middle of the shank once because i hit the bottom too hard when i slapped a pen down on a desk! granted, that was sterling silver, but it can happen.

source: used to work part-time at a jewelry store for yeeears.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

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audreyrosehill :  This is great info, thanks! One thing, I have an unplated 14k white gold set and it is definitely not yellow nor does it have a yellow tint. It is also holding up to everday wear better than my rhodium plated 14k white gold band ever did. It’s mixed with palladium which is it what makes it so hardy and look white. So it’s definitely possible to get an unplated white gold setting that will still look white and hold up well without being rhodium plated.

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Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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mrsgreeneyes :  Where did you get that set?

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2017

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mrsgreeneyes :  i absolutely adore bezel settings, and love the classic-with-a-twist look of a bezel solitaire. i think i may have gasped out loud when i saw the picture! stunning. serious ring envy going on here, so beautiful and easy to wear.

but yeah, there are variations–theres even a whiteness scale for metals. rhodium plating is at the top, and 950 super palladium (what i’m guessing you’ve got mixed into yours) or something like stuller’s x1 gold is pretty white, enough that it doesn’t require rhodium plating, and the wear won’t be very noticeable if the metal underneath is made with those “bleaching” metals as they’re called. i have one of my favorite cocktail rings made like that (i wear it every day on my right middle finger) and i can go forever without needing it redipped. i think i’ve only bothered to get it done once in the ten years i’ve owned it, and even then it wasn’t truly necessary. nothing better than low maintenance jewelry! my biggest complaint (and i say this lightly) is that i had to go out of my way to find a jeweler that could source solder white enough when i needed to repair it once upon a time, and that really wasn’t too difficult.

also remembered this for OP as i was typing this response: since your ring is 18k, it’s going to look more yellow than a 14k ring would when the plating starts to wear. obviously, since it has more of the yellow gold than the alloying metals. just so you’re not surprised (although 18k is still > 14k by far!)

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

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nunie :  It was custom designed and made by David Klass. 🙂

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audreyrosehill :  Thanks! I love my set and as you said, it is very easy to wear. I have a fully blinged-out diamond set, but nine times out of ten I reach for this simple bezel set. 🙂

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