Post # 1
Has anyone either got an unplated white gold ring or a ring you either have chosen not to get replated or is due to be replated? Could I see a pic?
When choosing my ring we went with white gold because I dislike the colour of platinum. I also like the yellow kind of tone to white gold. Mine is rhodium plated though. When it eventually wears off I don’t think I want to get it replated. I dislike yellow gold but love the in between look of unplated white gold.
Anyone have any pics to share? Maybe a white gold ring that hasn’t been re rhodium plated for a while?
Post # 2
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
The top one is my 9ct wedding band pre plating next to my plated ering. And the second on its own
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
Post # 8
Thanks for the replies! All these rings look perfect (from the more white ones to the yellower ones). That was a concern, that it wouldn’t wear evenly. I hadn’t thought about just getting the rhodium taken off though, good idea!
My Future Sister-In-Law has a white gold eternity ring that she hasn’t had replated and I absolutely love the yellow tone to it.