Mixed metal for tiffany-style setting

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2000

My wedding set is all platinum and diamonds πŸ’Ž which is the white  metal and next to it is a channel set diamond band which was “white “ gold and rhodium plated. The plating came off in less than a year on this ring and I haven’t dipped it simply because I actually love the creamy color it is now πŸ™‚

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I have an 18k yellow gold band with platinum prongs. I preferred platinum because nothing on the ring could discolor or change from how it looked originally. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

bloom15 :  my engagement ring is 14k white, no rhodium to my knowledge, has been on my finger a year and a half non stop, I use lotion multiple times a day and never remove my rings and it’ fine. I clean it every other day right on my finger with hand soap and a toothbrush. I haven’ noticed any change in color. I think you’ll be fine either way. Avoid rhodium if you can, redipping sounds annoying.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

bloom15 :  yes you can get white gold without dipping. It’ll be kind of a soft soft yellow. Very beautiful. I just had a ring custom made by a really good family friend (he’s been in the business over 40 years) and because we are close he tells me the ins and outs of jewelry as if I were his daughter and I was told that white gold is best for setting because platinum though more durable and you don’t have to re-dip can be brittle. But idk. That’s just what I was told πŸ™‚ 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

bloom15 :  I say “no rhodium to my knowledge” because we found my ring pre-owned and I’ve never had it dipped so based on what I see people say here if there were rhodium on it it would be worn off by now. It doesn’t look yellow to me at all but that may be due to the strong color of my 10k rose gold wedding band next to it. Idk. I think white gold will always look white next to yellow or rose gold. I have a rhodium plated silver chain that is definitely whiter, but I see my white gold as more of a light gray color than a pale yellow. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2000

nykkee :  all white gold that is silver white color is plated.

there is an extreme difference in quality factor when plating so you engagement ring may have a very good plating but if its white it’s plated because white gold is not actually white it’s creamy yellow.

 I purchased my quad set and that channel set band at the same time the quad set is still white silver as can be but the band faded rather quickly πŸ˜‰

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

meliamartinez31 :  I think it just never had plateing, at least since I’ve owned, I just laid my rhodium plated chain on my hand and your right, I can see the slight yellow tone if they are next to each other, I guess I’m just not very color sensitive

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2000

Lol πŸ˜† I didn’t even know that “white” gold wasn’t actually all white I had never known it was rhodium plated until we got my quad set in white gold.. my first wedding set was in 14k yellow gold so I had no experience with the in’s and outs of white gold .

 I recently got my new set this time I went for platinum πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

David Klass uses a 14k white gold/palladium mix that stays white and doesn’t need plated. That’s what I’ll be going with when he creates my ring! I would hate to have it rhodium plated all the time, personally. Having said that, a lot of jewelers use platinum for prongs because of the durability. If it’s not much more, I’d probably go that route but it can patina differently over time than white gold. It will turn almost a satin finish from what I’ve read, and still can need polished periodically to get the scratches out and revive it.

I’ve had a 14k wedding set for over 13 years and never take it off. I mean ever. I sleep, shower, cook, clean, do yard work, change my oil etc in it. Still looks just fine if you ask me. Never had it plated, and I honestly have no idea if it was plated when I got it. To my knowledge, no, because the jeweler never said anything about bringing it back however so often to have it dipped again. Maybe I’m just not sensitive to the color change because I’ve had it so long and it’s been gradual? 

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