(Closed) Prongs turning yellow?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

white gold will turn yellow over time. you can have your ring rhodium dipped and the yellow will go away, for the time being.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You have to get white gold re-plated, or all of it will fade to yellow. I have had my promise ring re-plated a few times and I received it 4 years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

The whitecoating wears off of white gold. White gold has to be redipped in rhodium to get it white again.The prongs on your ring are the highest point on your ring. That probably has something to do with it wearing off faster. However I would think the back of the ring that touches everything would wear quicker. Maybe it has a thicker coating of rhodium though. A jeweler can reditp your ring for you.

 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

just like everyone else said..white gold is simply regular, yellow gold covered in a rhodium plating. regular wear and use will cause the rhodium to rub off, revealing the yellow underneath. it looks like that part of your ring is raised fairly high, so it probably (without you really noticing) rubs on various surfaces throughout the day, like reaching into a pile of clothes to find a shirt or sticking your hand under a piece of paper to find a paperclip, etc.

 

right now, i’ve had my “real” (as in real diamonds and gold..he proposed with what he could afford at the beginning!) ring for 6 months now, and when i put it next to my wedding band that hasn’t been worn yet, there’s a clear difference of yellow vs. silver. that’s why i got the free cleaning/repairing/rhodium dipping lifetime guarantee from zale’s..my rings will always sparkle (:

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

it depends on your body chemistry, so no, it’s not weird. some people’s bodies break the plating down faster than others.

mine needed to be plated in the fall, and i’ve only had it since june. i haven’t done it, because i want to wait until right before the wedding.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Here’s the thing. I think it IS weird. 

After three months, it’s really unlikely that your body would turn it that yellow. However, I could see that being possible for some people on the UNDERSIDE of the ring where it’s in constant contact with your skin. 

I have absolutely no idea why your prongs only would be that yellow while the rest of the ring is fine…

Post # 12
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@debbieotoole:  Mine was that way by about 6 weeks after I got it. I think it depends on how thick the plating is and how “white” the gold mix is

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@debbieotoole:  Are you positive the prongs are white gold? I’ve heard of them being made out of other materials that are a bit stronger so that the stone is more secure. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@debbieotoole:  I didn’t read any of the other posters replies but you will need to get it re rodium plated/dipped. White gold is not pure.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I hate that my body chemistry makes white turn on me too. Perhaps I would have gone with yellow gold instead. I plan to get mine dipped every year. 

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