My 14K white gold engagement ring looks tarnished.. :(

posted 3 weeks ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It may have come with rhodium playing which has worn off. I get mine replated every year, some people need to do it more or less often, I hear it depends on your skin type or something. It only takes a few minutes, though I never call ahead so I sometimes have to drop mine off for a couple days until the person who does the replating is working. 

The rhodium plating is what makes white gold look super chrome like, white gold itself is typically some variation of buttery yellowish without the plating. 

Hope this helps!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

kanchan3 : if you don’t want to have to part with your ring for any amount of time or just don’t want to have to replate all the time I recommend getting a good polishing cloth, like fabulustre, I find my white gold ring looks the whitest when it’s really shiny.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

Sounds like it needs to be re-plated.  When I got my first e-ring it had a buttery tone to it, my new one was silver and shiny! The jeweler said the first one didn’t look like it had been plated.

 

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Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

That’s one of the biggest reasons I’m not a big fan of white gold becuase some people need to get it replated a lot.  But it does sound like you need ti replated.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

It sounds like PPs have said, it needs to be redipped with rhodium plating, which is something that needs to be done occasionally with white gold. I had to have my done recently and my jeweler told me if you use hand sanitizer, it eats at the rhodium and it will need to be dipped more often. 

One it’s redipped it will be shiny and silver colored again πŸ™‚ 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

kanchan3 :  Like other bees have said it sounds like you need your ring replated. Basically our hands contain a lot of chemicals and wear the plating down over time. I can imagine that you would be able to find good independent shops where you have moved to that can do this for you.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

This is why I’m not 100% on white gold. It’s annoying IMO to have to keep getting it redipped. I don’t care if it’s just once a year. I much prefer yellow and rose gold, but they are much harder to find these days. They are maintenance free.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think most should, you may want to call around and ask about pricing/how long they will have it (I’m not sure if all of them would do it in store, some might need to send it away?) 

kanchan3 :  

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