Post # 1
My fiance proposed to me with an heirloom ring set from his mother. When his mom gave him the rings, she asked that he give them to me as-is, and then we could decide if we want to reset it, plate it, whatever. (And he was so cute — he actually proposed with both the e-ring and the wedding band because he wanted me to see the set.) She says the ring is mine to do with as I choose, she’s just happy I accepted it.
The e-ring is so different than anything I have ever seen. It’s beautiful and sparkly, which was my number one priority. However, it’s yellow gold, which I have never been fond of. I feel that the yellow reflects in the diamonds, making them less white and sparkly. On one hand, I feel bad changing the ring — even with its original owner’s blessing — because it’s saying I am unhappy with the ring that my fiance gave to me. And this ring has so much history — it’s been yellow gold for 35 years! But then at the same time, I wonder if yellow gold looks funny on me? And if I replate it in white gold, I worry about having to replate it often. Is it like dying your hair: once you start, you have to keep doing it or else it will look funny?
Post # 3
Oh my gosh i LOVE IT! But I would definitely replate it if yellow gold isnt your thing. You will probably have to keep doing it, but it’s not a big deal. If you change your mind, you can change it back.
Post # 4
I love sentimental rings. That’s a big decision to make, and i don’t really have any advice besides to be happy and love your final decision. Either way, everytime you look at your ring, it will remind you of its history and your fiance. Thats a win win all around!
Please post a picture.
Post # 5
It’s yours now so you do what you want with it.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Unfortunately you can’t replate yellow gold to turn it into white gold. White gold is part yellow gold part another alloy, sometimes nickel or palladium to make it white. It is then plated with rhodium to make it even whiter. Rhodium plating yellow gold wouldn’t work very well because as soon as the rhodium starts to wear away the underneath would be bright yellow, instead of the whitish color of white gold.
I think the ring looks gorgeous with yellow gold. It’s so unique and has a great vintage feel! If you’re unhappy, I think a better solution would be to get a new setting made, rather than the temporary fix of rhodium plating a yellow gold ring.
Post # 7
@kimmo416: +1 This is what I was getting ready to type.
@Fanciful: OP, I like it how it is! It’s vintage!!
Post # 8
I think yellow gold makes the diamonds look whiter because there is some contrast. I feel like diamonds don’t “pop” nearly as much in the silver/white metals.
I would totally keep it.
Post # 9
I actually had a yellow gold ring rhodium plated. It DOES look just like white gold now, but I don’t wear it very often as it’s just a RHR. If you wear it more, the rhodium WILL wear off and you will have to have it redone to keep the bright white. Here it is around $30 each time. If that is an expense you are willing to incur every month or two to have it look white then go for it!
Post # 10
Your skin tone is actually perfect for yellow gold, and not everyones is! I would keep it because honestly I think a lot of the detail would be lost if you change it to white. The contrast between the diamonds and the yellow makes your particular ring stunning. it almost looks rose gold to me actually but I think that is the effect your skin has on it. You really do wear it well!
Post # 11
I personally would keep it as is….however, if you did decide to rhodium plate it you will have to keep doing it (when it starts to wear off it will look odd) but it will be a nice white color. My original wedding set was yellow gold, I had it rhodium plated because I thought I wanted it white gold…it did turn out really nice and white and gave it a whole new look.
It’s your ring now, so do what you want. Congrats!
Post # 12
The rhodium plating will not stay on a yellow gold ring. It will wear through in no time. It’s a bad idea. Honestly it looks great as it is. If you want white gold you could always have ti stones set on a white gold mount.
Post # 13
@MissAquamarine: EXACTLY!! I love the setting!
My engagement ring, wedding band and anniversary band are all yellow gold and I think my stones POP in their setting.
Yellow gold, from what I’ve read, is making a comeback. You should definitely keep it the way it is… you’ll be a trendsetter 😀
Post # 14
Such a stunning ring! The setting is beautiful but I think white gold would detract from it somehow. The yellow gold really shows off the setting beautifully and matches your skin tone perfectly. I would leave it as is.
Post # 15
White gold is not just yellow gold plated with rhodium; it is yellow gold mixed with a white metal, and then rhodium plated. This is why even when the plating starts to wear off it doesn’t look very yellow, it just has a yellow tint.
If you want to change the colour, you’d probably need to get the ring re-shanked; platinum or palladium would be my recommendations. A good jeweller should be able to do this with no issues, and it shouldn’t cost the earth.
As for whether or not you should do it: only you and your Fiance can really decide. Personally speaking, I would, as for me it’s the design and the stones more than the shank which hold the sentimental value; it wouldn’t bother me to change the shank, and as I prefer white metals generally speaking, this is probably what I would do.
Post # 16
I plated one of my yellow gold RHR and it looked great, for a few months. I have to have it replated at least once every 3 months, the yellow gold shows through in no time flat. If this is your wedding set I would recommend resetting it in white i f thats your choice. There is not reason they cannot make the same setting.