(Closed) Ring

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrandmrsbenporter:  

 

White gold is not a metal in and of itself, it’s usually yellow gold that’s mixed with a nickel alloy (this is what makes it white and not yellow). This is why when the rhodium (what makes it super white) wears off, the white gold appears slightly yellowish or tinged, since it’s not a true white metal and just multiple metals mixed, if that makes sense. 🙂 I believe it’s possible to get one that contains no nickel, but it’s pretty uncommon.

 

 

 

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Post # 4
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162 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with pandabird, white gold is an alloy (there’s no such thing as pure white gold), and it has to be mixed with other metals for strength and color. Unfortunately, it is most commonly mixed with nickel. It’s true the gold is plated with rhodium, but its an incredibly thin layer (its not like dipping a strawberry in a chocolate fountain, but rather microscopic thinness), so any rubbing or hitting the ring against something can remove part of the layer.

You can get white gold that doesn’t have nickel in it, but usually you have to specifically ask for it. It is possible to have a rhodium allergy, but its very uncommon. 

Although probably unlikely in your case, I’ve heard that sometimes the water that gets trapped underneath the ring (from washing hands, etc) can sometimes cause a rash. I suggest taking off the ring for a few days, let the rash go away, then put it on, making sure to completely dry both the ring and your finger whenever it gets wet. If it still causes a rash, then you have your answer

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