Post # 1
My ring is 14k white gold, and I don’t wear it when I sleep, shower, cook, or clean. I’m almost afraid to wear it… so I’m always really careful, but I’ve noticed on the palm-side of my hand, my band looks scratched, not shiny anymore, and dull.
What could have caused this?
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
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
@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
That’s just normal wear-and-tear, and nothing to worry about.
Post # 10
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.