Post # 1
So…we ordered the band 2 mos ago but we hadnt heard anything (and i’ve been psychotically checking the mail!) or received it….so Fiance called and they gave us the good/bad news:
good news–the ring is ready but hasnt shipped yet….Because:
the bad news–they screwed up and made it in 14K white gold instead of the 18K white gold we ordered (matches my e-ring).
they have given us the option of keeping the 14K and getting about $280 back or they will remake it in the 18K….we have plenty of time to wait for the remake, so thats not a problem.
they say there is no visible difference…i really dont know anything about jewelry….what do you guys think? what would you do?
Post # 4
I would wait for the 18k gold… if you get the 14k you may not notice the difference but it will be harder metal and may wear away at your e-ring! not good!
Post # 5
18k gold has more gold in it (about 75%) versus 14k gold (58.3%). Since gold is a soft metal, it is likely that your engagement ring would end up scratched more than the band in 18k gold. A 14k gold ring would probably not be as boldly colored as the 18k one. So it’s really up to you whether you want to keep it or not. The way it is, it will be more sturdy but possibly a little less gold than your engagement ring.
Post # 6
I’d say wait for the 18k ring…you might not be able to see it now, but over time you might notice a difference
Post # 7
these are all kinda along the lines of what i was thinking, but i didnt want to be ridiculous if it didnt really matter…..thanks for the input girls 🙂
going for the 18K…
Post # 8
Well, both 14k and 18k white gold (and platinum, for that matter) are all dipped in rhodium (sp?), so they would be the same color. I’m not sure how much more likely it would be that your wedding ring (the softer one) scratches the engagement ring, and even if it did, it would only be on the sides. Would you really notice the scratches there?
My engagement ring is platinum, and my wedding ring is 14k white gold. I can’t tell the difference in color at all, and am not worried about scratching because no one will ever notice it if it does get scratched. It’s the stones that get the attention, not the side of the setting! Of course, platinum gets the patina that white gold doesn’t, but again, that’s on the bottom of the ring where no one will notice it.
So maybe I’m biased because of the differences in my rings… 🙂
Post # 9
@hope- platinum isn’t dipped in rhodium, like white gold. It’s a silver-colored metal naturally. 🙂
Post # 10
Oh, that’s right–it’s not always dipped in rhodium! It can be, but is usually just brushed back to a nice shine! White gold is always dipped in rhodium, though, if I remember correctly because unlike platinum, white gold always has varying degrees of a yellowish tint. Since hers are both white gold, both would be dipped in rhodium.