(Closed) What can cause the metal on my ring to look dull???

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
156 posts
Blushing bee

Thats just what happens to gold. The higher the gold content the easier it will scratch. The palm side is the part that gets scratched faster. Not much you can do about it. Even putting your hands in your pockets and in and out of your purse is enough to leave a few scratches. Jewelers will take care of it when they clean it/dip it.
Heres a link to pics of worn white gold rings! Hope it helps!!


Post # 4
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was told that “white gold” isn’t actually white gold. It’s yellow gold dipped in rhodium. My jeweler said you should get it redipped about once a year to keep it looking shiny and new. Pretty inexpensive and it makes it look like a brand new ring!

Post # 5
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@RiverBride13:  Real gold is always yellow. You heard correctly, white gold is merely yellow gold dipped in rhodium. Rose gold is mixed with copper. I have been told to get it redipped twice a year. The longer you go without redipping it, the more yellow it will look.

Post # 6
3108 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


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You heard wrong. Gold is yellow, yes, but even when you buy a 14k yellow gold ring, not all the metal there is actually gold. Gold is sold in alloys, which is why they specify 14k, 18k, etc.

White gold is an entirely separate alloy from yellow gold, so it does appear “white” (it’s not pure white — there’s some yellow coloration in there depending on the alloy, which is why jewelers dip them in rhodium). White gold is made up of gold typically mixed with metals like nickel and zinc.

It is possible to dip yellow gold in rhodium, but many places won’t do it and the rhodium will wear off and show the bright yellow underneath.

Post # 7
5521 posts
Bee Keeper

Unfortunately, this is just what happens, and it happens with most metals. I actually prefer it when my ring is a bit scratched. To rectify it, you can get it dipped or polished though obv this won’t last forever and it will scratch again. 

Post # 8
2766 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@LadyMoriarty:  this happens with most metals. White gold dulls and yellows a bit (the amount of yellow depends on the alloy). Yellow gold dulls, and platinum develops a grey “patina” which is really just a nice way of saying it gets dull because of scratches. 

You can take your ring in to your jeweller to be polished and/or rhodium dipped. 

Post # 9
3683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That’s just normal wear-and-tear, and nothing to worry about.

@cmbr:  +1

Post # 10
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah it needs to be re dipped every so often. I am also very gentle on my rings and I had it dipped at the one year mark. 

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