(Closed) Not re-plating white gold

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I hae a mixed metal ring. Its white gold at the front and yellow gold at the back. I will not be getting mine replated because I want the yellow tone of the white gold to further blend where the two metals meet on my ring. 

I’ve had it 3 years and it still looks white to me. (I have no idea how often people have it redone)

Post # 3
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

The top one is my 9ct wedding band pre plating next to my plated ering. And the second on its own

Post # 4
5155 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am the opposite – like platinum, do not like rhodium-plated white gold. I also love yellow gold and unplated warm white gold.

I have never replated any of my plated white gold but the thing to be aware is it will wear off only in parts. The shank may wear the rest may stay for a lifetime or more! If you want it off, best to ask a jeweler to polish it all off evenly.

How warm it is under depends on the alloy. It may be more greyish if palladium is used. There are also super white alloys that don’t even “need” plating and quite yellow alloys. I have had some unplated white gold that was alloyed with palladium so more grey, and an alloy that was white. I know David Klass does not plate his white gold alloy; several bees have his rings. The alloy he uses is a greyish-white.

18k unplated will also show more warmth than 14k.

Here are comparison photos from others.

IIRC, B, C, G here are all unplated white gold (18k):

And IIRC, the unplated white here is B, C, D (again 18k):


Not my ring (unfortunately!) but this is an 18k unplated white gold ring:


Post # 5
5155 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

As a comparison to the ring at end of my last post, here is MrsSparkleBees old ring from David Klass, unplated yellow gold (14k).

Notice this is a much whiter alloy, though I did used to have a DK ring in unplated white gold and found I was not a fan of the colour on me (whereas I like platinum!)

Post # 6
4697 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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KellyB262 :  I have lots of 18ct Italian made white gold from many years ago and I love it. It is more platinum in color and it isn’t rhodium plated. I do not know how they mixed the metals back then but its no longer the same anymore. I feel you on unplated.

With your ring you will find that the plating won’t wear off evenly. You are better off getting it removed by a jeweller if that is the way you wish to go. As for the time frame for rhodium plating wearing off….it depends in on skin chemistry. I’ve had my ering replated once in 4.5 years. It only wore off where I had it resized. I am yet to get my wedding band done and I’ve worn it 3 years. My friend has to get it done every 6months.

Post # 7
5622 posts
Bee Keeper

I wanted an antique look for a pearl seed stack set im creating. So my jeweler suggested I go with 14k undipped white gold.  The lighting is almost impossible to capture but it has an antique look to it.  My ering is in yellow gold, and the stack you see below has a rose gold center for comparison.  It really is a warm antique look I just love it.

This is the photo I found online for the set

And this is what he’s created so far-he has 1 more pearl band to go

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