(Closed) Ring turning yellow AND I lost a diamond!!

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

What type of metal is it? Gold? Gold shouldn’t yellow – unless it was only gold plated and the plating is coming off!

Post # 5
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

why do you take off your ring thats a good way to lose it, keep it on sistah!

Post # 6
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

White gold does yellow over time. There’s a thin rhodium plating on it that wears off, which is why most poeple get their rings re-plated every now and again. I’ve only had my e-ring for 6 mos. (and work in an office, too), but the bottom side of my ring is yellowed. I doesn’t bother me very much because the top part that everyone sees is still a nice, shiny silver color. I would say your options are to get the ring re-plated or upgrade to platinum, which doesn’t yellow.

Post # 7
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah I’ve heard that white gold does yellow over time… but not sure how long the “yellowing” process takes.  My best friend has a white gold wedding band and a platinum e-ring.  She gets annoyed because the white gold one needs to be polished and replated every so often, but the platinum never yellows.  Let us know what the Zales people say. 

Post # 8
307 posts
Helper bee

some people’s body chemistries react to white gold and cause it to yellow incredibly fast. i”ve seen it before. and two of my friends desided to get their rings changed to yellow gold because it just was not worth having to always get it replated every couple of months.

this may be the case with you and your ring and you may want to consider that you may need to switch to yellow gold, or a metal that is plated with white metals. look into 19K white gold, its is plated on silver/white colour alloys so this does not happen.

Post # 9
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My white gold ring turns yellow on the “bottom” portion of the band and I take it to my guy once a year and he redips it for free.  But yellowing after 4 months seems really fast…but maybe your body chemistry reacts to it fast/strong.  They should def redip it for you for free.

Post # 10
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have a white gold ring, and it’s yellowing after seven months of pretty much constant wear. I’m not to easy on it either. I have another, heirloom white gold ring that hasn’t yellowed at all, becase it’s not been worn on a regular basis since it was made.

It really depends on the thickness of the plating and how often you wear it. Four months of constant wear is a lot for a ring.

Post # 11
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Some people won’t ever have to get their white gold rings dipped, while others might have to go twice a year. It just depends on your body chemistry. My engagement ring is starting to yellow just a bit on the back (I’ve been engaged almost a year), I’ll probably have it dipped before the wedding, depending on what the jeweler reccomends.

Post # 12
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Ya, mine is yellowing on the bottom of the band where there is the most wear but like most people said, you just have to get it re-plated every few months…that’s why I wanted a platinum setting but oh well, didn’t really have control over that decision 🙂

Post # 13
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yep, mine did the same after a few months. I lived with it because it was the underside and the rest of the ring is covered with diamonds. I lost a stone last month so they fixed it and replated it. It cost about $25 for the replating. It happens…your Fiance wasn’t ripped off.

Post # 14
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

my ring was purchased at Zales also. its white gold but I haven’t had any problems with it yellowing yet. Its been about 6 months. I too take off my ring when I shower and such. It must have to do with inidividual chemical/oils in your skin. Check with Zales on their cleaning policy and how much it is to “redip”

Post # 16
336 posts
Helper bee

I’m glad it turned out okay for you 🙂

I’ve only had mine two months, and it hasn’t started to yellow yet, but thankfully my diamonds go around 3/4 of the way, so only the bottom is pure metal!

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