(Closed) PSA: you do not HAVE to rhodium plate white gold!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My mom’s got a white gold ring that has some warmth to it.  It’s a beautiful color, and I think looks better without plating.  Palladium white gold doesn’t need to be replated either.  The alloy makes a difference.

Post # 4
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think that is why there are so many posts on it, because we are trying to do our homework.


The problem In My Humble Opinion is that EVERYONE (consumers and jewelers alike) have differeing opinions on just about everything.  So many of us are still forming our opinions which only become more cloudy with the different kinds of gold, the difference between 14, 18, and now 19 golds etc.


I’m glad to know you haven’t had to mess with yours as it’s one reason I’ve stayed away from it.

Post # 5
365 posts
Helper bee

I love unplated white gold.  I’ve only had one ring go truly yellow on me (and even then it wasn’t yellow gold, it was just yellow-ish).  It was a Zales ring from like 2002, it’s fairly old and white gold was just making it’s reappearance in the mainstream at that point.  I actually don’t care for that bright white shiny look.

My favorite reference from Pricescope:

a- platinum, b- unplated 18k white, c- unplated 18k white, d- plated 18k white, e- 22k yellow


Post # 6
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I personally love the shiny bright silver of rhodium, I think it makes my diamonds pop more, and I will get my rings re-platted one day!

Right now they have a yellow warmth to them which is fine but I would prefer if they were shiny silver.

I think it’s another thing that comes down to personal preference.

Post # 7
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Did you know by weight rhodium is the most expensive jewelry metal?

Post # 8
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@morganjenkstamwood:  I have a white gold ring that looks like the D when it goes in for servicing. 6 months later and it looks like C.

Post # 10
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You’re right, you don’t HAVE to get it dipped if you’re okay with the warm color.

Post # 11
2893 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, I didn’t hear about that till way late in our ring hunting. FIs mom mentioned that you shouldn’t have to get a ring redipped when we were talking about care plans. Then when we were asking about care plans with our jeweler before we bought our ring he told us the exact same thing. I can’t speak to the quality of the gold of unplated vs plated but I do agree that it really plays into a person’s personal tastes, just like anything. 

Post # 12
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Thanks for posting this.  I worked in jewelry for years and I would never plate mine.  It is toxic.  And unnecessary, IMO.  My 18K WG looks great….

Post # 13
5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

@yellowshoe:  Well, yeah, but not all alloys are exactly a “warm colour”, either. X1 Stuller or palladium white gold alloys (especially the 14K versions) are not what I would call warm. Pallaidum white 18k tends to be a darker/warmer gray-white, but not yellow, either.

@janie-janie:  The idea that all “white gold” is very yellow or must be plated is a small annoyance of mine too, but albeit very, very popular belief. I see it on threads all the time here.

These are my UNPLATED & never been plated 18K Palladium White Gold rings. The prongs/head are platinum, for colour reference:


 Here is a reference picture from Green Lake Jewelery, as well. All of these are unplated (14K X1 is the Stuller alloy, and the 18 Pall is 18k palladium white gold. The 14 Warm is 14k nickel white gold.) Note that all of these have a brushed/satin finish which shows more colour as there is less light reflection:







Post # 14
190 posts
Blushing bee

so which is better? straight palladium or palladium white gold? 

Post # 15
3215 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m doing research on whether my e-ring will ever get the unplated white gold warmth that I love. My body chemistry takes a long time to wear away rhodium plating, but I found out that Tacori 18k white gold is a gold/palladium alloy. My jeweler says that in the 4-5 years they have been a Tacori partner, they haven’t sent rings in to be redipped. 

Can anyone speak about their own experience with plated white gold, and whether you have a rhodium plated or palladium white gold ring?

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