(Closed) Silver vs White Gold e-ring?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a white gold ering, as well as a couple silver and a few white gold rings. I think silver is too soft for an ering. One of my silver rings is very thin and bends easily. If it had a real stone in it I would be worried about breaking it. My other silver ring is fine, but I wear it on rotation with a couple of other rings, so it doesn’t get daily use. It has a very thick band, so I’m not as concerned about it bending. As far as rhodium dipping goes, I have only ever had one ring dipped after I wore it for about 2 years. The underside was much more yellow, but I only noticed it when it was next to another ring (which it never was other than for these comparison shots). I like having the option of making the ring shiny and new whenever I want. There are people who never get their white gold dipped and people who get it done every 6 months. I plan on dipping my reing after I’ve had it for about a year and then for the wedding. One final concern with silver is how you polish it. I know you said you use a polishing cloth which I’m sure is fine for precious stones, but I would worry about other silver polishes damaging your stone, whether its white topaz or diamond.

My ering is on the right, this is after I had it for about 8 months. My other ring is on the left and I had worn it for about 2 years daily, in the shower, to the beach ect. I take my ering off for showers, at night, and “messy” activities. Sorry about the different lighting, I took the pictures in different locations. I have pics of the top too, but they don’t show the difference as well.

Before dipping ring on left.

After dipping right on left.

Finally, you also might have a preference between the colors of the metals. The ring on the left is my ering which is white gold with an asscher diamond. The ring on the right is silver with CZ. Personally I prefer the lighter color of white gold.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also, replating is 25 bucks at my jeweler (which I think is really not that bad considering I only do it once a year), but some places will throw in a replating for life plan with the purchase of the ring or for an extra fee when you purchase the ring.

Oh and would the prongs be silver? Lots of jewelers prefer doing the prongs in something more sturdy, which I would opt for if you do get the ring in silver just so you don’t have to worry about losing the stone if you bang your hand on something.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Where I got my ring, replating is free for the life of the ring.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldnt use silver for my e-ring.  I’ve had silver rings and I beat the hell out of them, they were all tarnished and bent.  White gold may or may not need plating depending on how picky you are.  I have white gold rings I’ve worn for over 5 years now and have never replated them and they definitely hold up better than silver.  The price difference is going to be a lot more than double though, silver is about 30-35/oz, and gold is about 1600/oz.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Sterling is just not a forever ring option, but if you don’t mind that aspect, then there is a lot of other reasons (budget being a GREAT one) for choosing it.

 

Plus with it being SO inexpensive, you could even order a couple to have a back up.

 

Lots of etsy artisans do a-maze-ing work in sterling that is e-ring worthy.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Lots of good answers above, but to answer your question about a reaction, usually the problem with white gold is that it’s partially plated with nickel.  If you’ve worn nickel next to your skin for long periods of time without a reaction, you should be fine.

Think belt buckles and bra hooks/sliding adjusters.  I always have to wear a camisole under my clothes to stop the belt buckle from touching my tummy, because it breaks out in a rash, same as switching to plastic parts on bras.

Also, I’ve had my e-ring for over two years now, and haven’t replated it, and haven’t noticed it looking yellow-ish at all.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lionskitty:  No prob! I searched for comparison pictures before I got it done and couldn’t fing any so I took my own for the bee.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

You can consider white metals that are harder than silver but don’t require plating–palladium white gold (RayKay has an example), Stuller’s X1 white gold, palladium, platinum.

Also it is possible to rhodium plate silver.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I would not go silver for a ring with stones/forever ring. It is very soft, and does tarnish.

 

If you want a white metal, look at palladium alloy white gold, palladium, or X1 Stuller White Gold. All are white on their own and do not need plating ever. Even if you did plate them they would not look yellow when they wore. On the thread from today about platinum or white gold I posted a good comparison picture – I am my iphone so cannot post it again right now!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I wouldn’t go with Silver for an ering.

Have you considered Palladium? Hypoallergetic and doesn’t need to be redipped! About the same price as gold.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lionskitty:  I would ask which kind of white gold he uses and opt for palladium white gold if given the option. It requires less frequent dipping as a PP said (idk which type I have for any of my rings though.) I also suggest 14k over 18k because it is less expensive and a little sturdier. I’m really excited to see your ring!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@lionskitty:  Are you talking about having the jeweler solder a head onto a wedding band and set a white topaz in it? Sorry if I am misunderstanding, but there is an easier and more streamlined way, which is to find a solitaire setting and have the jeweler set the topaz into it. This does not have to be custom and doesn’t have to be expensive. You could even find a setting on eBay, like this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/14K-WHITE-GOLD-DIAMOND-RING-ENGAGEMENT-SOLITAIRE-SETTING-/251030229111?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a72915077

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