(Closed) seriously… Is zales white gold better than sterling silver? Why?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

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chica95110:  they’re completely different metals.

sterling silver does not hold up as well as gold.<br />White gold is rhodium dipped so that it is that colour…but it is gold.

Regardless of where you buy white gold, it will wear over time (each person’s chemistry and wear/usage is different).  White gold takes on a warmer tone over time as the yellow gold comes through.  Some people like the warmth and never re-dip, some do it every 6 months to a year.

It’s not a ‘zales’ thing, it’s a ‘white gold’ thing.

Post # 3
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Honey bee

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chica95110:  I think for a RHR that won’t be worn continuously, SS would be fine. The problem with silver is that it is a softer metal and won’t hold up to everyday wear and tear like gold will will.

I’ve had my white gold ering for 5 years. It’s not as shiny anymore due to normal wear, but I haven’t needed to get it redipped.

Post # 4
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t have any Input on zales but I have found that white gold is much more durable than silver. I have two silver Tiffany’s rings that look like they were put thru wood chippers they are so scratched up and dented, granted I wore them every day for a couple of years but still. I havnt had to have any of my white gold replated yet but they say your body’s PH plays into that. i hope that helped you a little bit. 

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

In addition to what ladies above have mentioned, sterling silver will tarnish. And then you’re in the same boat as with the gold b/c you’ll need to take it to a jeweler to be cleaned. 

If you’re going to put a diamond in this ring, go with the better metal– you wouldn’t serve a $100 dinner on a paper plate, don’t put an expensive stone in sterline silver. 


Post # 6
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t buy silver jewlery.  I’ve always found that it tarnishes if not worn often, but on the other hand doesnt hold up well to everywear.

Post # 7
1746 posts
Bumble bee

Sterling silver can (and does) tarnish over time, so its not like its upkeep free. Like another poster said, its a difference in metals not a Zales thing. 

If you want little upkeep I’d consider yellow gold or, if you want the light color, platinum or palladium

Post # 8
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I chose palladium for my engagement ring, fwiw. I’m highly sensitive to nickel and can’t be bothered with re-dipping white gold, so white gold was out. Platinum was over our budget, and silver isn’t good for long-term wear (and also contains nickel) so palladium was the perfect choice for us. It’s a white metal that’s durable, affordable, and requires no real regular maintenance. It may be worth looking into.

Post # 9
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

White gold is a mix of gold (yellow) and silver and or palladium. So even when the plating wears off it will still be a light whiteish color, it will not turn yellow but it will be a very warm/ivory color. I like it. I dont ever redip my white gold.

You dont have to redip!

Post # 10
865 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

Sterling silver tarnishes based on body chemistry too. I have a SS RHR that I wear every single day (only take off to shower, sleep and sometimes cook\do dishes) and it’s never tarnished. It’s not scratched up or dented either. I love my SS ring, and I know there are other bee’s who do too. 

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