(Closed) Officially sick of white gold! *rant*

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4324 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Platinum is a good option for no maintenance, minus the expense. Why is it so pricey!

Post # 4
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have platinum. I love it! It is super pricey though. :/

I hear palladium is similar to platinum and cheaper.

Post # 5
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s not the white gold that is the problem…it’s wherever you take your ring to get plated.  Maybe they’re putting on too thin of a layer of rhodium?

Post # 8
9674 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I much prefer yellow gold to white gold or platinum for my rings, but it all depends on personal preference 🙂

Post # 9
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@JustLove25:  I’ve noticed that as well with my engagement ring as well! I have had it for about a year and got it replated in May and it seems like sometimes I can already see it turning yellow. Thankfully the replating is covered by my warenty because my setting is more complex and I’m pretty sure it would be so expensive to reset.


Let me know if you find a solution for your ring! 

Post # 11
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We hemmed, hawwed, pecked, and drove jewelers nuts before doing anything.  Fiance originally wanted a “silvery metal” for bands and since I got an ering I was fine with the bands being what he wanted.  Sterling silver (not durable enough).  Platinum was his preference but for a good width for his finger would be 3k…gasp (twice white gold).  So.. white gold…

This was what at least 20 jewelers told us (not box stores):

-white gold can be made with different alloys so that it actually IS white all the way through and with no plating (costs lots more and is what it is) or it can just be lesser on the white alloys or none and then plated with rhodium (this range is more common and people accept they need plating now and then).

-something about your skin/body chemistry can cause a chemical reaction causing even the purest white gold turn to it’s natural yellow color which will require frequent plating of rhodium.  This is almost exactly what they all said even of the pure white gold.  I have to add that being a seriously technical person I have a hard time calling a white gold “pure” when gold is yellow hued naturally it takes special alloys to make it white and even then doesn’t always work lol.  This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I think it’s just as pretty as gold or rose gold :).  I’m just that obnoxious technical person and thank God Fiance understands that about me! So please don’t take offense!

If you really want white metal and can afford changing platinum and palladium are worth looking into too.  Platinum is heavier, but actually scratches/dents easier (and can be buffed smooth easier also).  And pallladium is in between.

Unfortunately for the price your best bet is to just go with gold (if you want to be safe and have some type of gold) or maybe rose gold (no idea how they make it rose or if it has the same issues so I’m clueless on it!).

Post # 12
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

White gold turns yellow super fast on me, too.  But I don’t wear my rings to shower or clean, and I know you said you don’t like to take your rings off but all those chemicals will turn it much, much faster!!  If you take them off when you’re cleaning (or wear gloves) and when applying styling products, etc…. it won’t turn as fast.

Post # 13
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have had my ring for a year & a half and I have already had it dipped & its turning yellow again. I personally dont care for yellow gold, so I guess I will have to get my ring dipped once a year. 

Post # 14
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@JustLove25: Mine is the same way! I dont get it.. UGH!!  

Post # 15
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

It could be that you have acidic sweat and that’s what’s doing in the plating? My Fiance has super acidic sweat, to the point where it eats through the outer coating on his sunglasses. That’s the only thing I’ve ever seen it do, though. He wears a sterling silver ring and hasn’t had any problems with it. Though you did say that you never take it off, so like a pp said, residue and chemicals from hair/bath products or cleaning products could be pushing that right along. 

Post # 16
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had my engagement ring for 1 year with no patina and man I was rough on it. I only got it polished after 1 year because I want it to be completely pristine on a high powered camera for the wedding and there were some minor scratches from web I whacked it on cabinets, doors, the fridge,my keys, railings, etc. you couldn’t see any scratches if you looked at it from a distance more than 6 inches away.

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