Post # 1
hi, I just keep reading this on the boards over and over, so this is kind of a public service announcement:
You do NOT have to get white gold rhodium plated if you get the right kind!
there are different qualities of alloys that go in them. not all 14k golds are alike. not all 18k golds are alike.
for example: my e-ring is 18k and has never been rhodium plated. in theory, it shuold be my yellowest ring but it is not. it actually looks just a teensy bit whiter than my 14k gold ring from Ben Bridge. also, I have a 14k ring from moissaniteco that is somewhere in between those two rings, color wise. (I had the plating removed from those two rings.) but the difference between all three is very slight. I mean, it’s like the difference between a G and an H diamond. you practically can’t tell until you really scrutinize them under bright light.
yes, they are just a teensy bit warm in color. but when I’m just wearing them on my hands, I think they look white enough. the color difference is only noticeable when I put these rings up next to a really white metal (like sterling silver), only then is the warm quality noticeable.
how do you find good quality white gold?…..
I’m not sure what it is that you have to ask about when you shop for your white gold. I had no idea before and just kind of lucked out with my rings. maybe you can do your homework and find out about the different alloys? I’ve heard that you can ask for some alloys by name. (maybe some bees here will educate us?) or maybe you could ask the sales person to show you an example of unplated white gold that they have in their store so you can see for yourself?
do some white golds look very yellow when the rhodium plating wears off? some bees say they have seen it. they say that with some rings, you can literally see a yellow spot where the plating wore off. so yes. it sounds like some white gold is rather yellow, and from what I’ve read, it seems that maybe it has to do with how cheap it is.
anyway…. I just wanted to let you know that. if you are concerned, do your homework!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
Did you know by weight rhodium is the most expensive jewelry metal?
Post # 8
@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 # 9
I would say that my 18K ring never looks like B or even C (in the photo posted above). it actually looks like somewhere between C and D. that’s what I mean by saying not all golds are alike.
below is a photo of my rings. the one on top is unplated 14k white gold (from moissaniteco.com). the one on the bottom is 18k unplated gold (source unknown, it’s an antique.) the 18k ring is whiter than the 14k ring. they both look warm but not too warm.
I know that you can’t directly compare my photo to other photos because it all depends on the lighting/camera and whehter or not we used photoshop. I’m just showing this picture because you really can see the difference of my two rings side by side, and it’s crazy because in theory, the 14k one on top should be more white, not less white.
but I definitely agree that it does come down to personal preference! some people specifically like the look of rhodium, and that’s totally fine of course.
my main purpose was to help 🙂 I think some bees are avoiding white gold because they’re worried it will be really yellowish under the rhodium, and I’m saying that it may not be the case, depending on where you go.
Post # 10
You’re right, you don’t HAVE to get it dipped if you’re okay with the warm color.
Post # 11
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
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
@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
so which is better? straight palladium or palladium white gold?
Post # 15
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?