(Closed) Whit Gold Ring and Recoating

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My ring’s white gold.  I’ve had it for over a year and haven’t noticed it turning gold or anything.  It’s been re-coated once, when I’d taken it in for my inspection/cleaning.  A bonus with it getting re-coated is that it takes out the little scratches and makes your ring look brand spanking new.  It’s also free at our jeweler’s, with their little maintenance plan you can buy with your ring. 

No offense to anyone intended, but I think platinum is one of the biggest rip offs in the entire jewelry/wedding industry — why buy one ring when you can buy this other that looks the same for over twice the price?  It won’t yellow, but it will turn a dull gray after a while, so people will often decide to get them re-coated, too. 

Post # 4
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1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I needed to get mine replated after I was wearing it for ~4 months, then again ~4 months later (right before the wedding). It’s been 5 months since the wedding, and it hasn’t even started to yellow. When I first went in to get it replated, the jeweler said that depending on your body chemistry, the metal may turn yellow quicker. I’m thinking that maybe I haven’t needed to get it replated again since the wedding because of the decreased stress level? Nothing else has changed, except that I’m wearing it on my right hand, but my wedding band is also white gold, and that hasn’t turned yellow either (on my left hand).

But yes, it’s normal for it to need replating after 6 months. I’d wait to reset it until well after the wedding.  

Post # 5
Bee
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

Since I’m quite clumsy with my hands, I specifically steered away from platinum. I’d rather have little scratches than big, unremovable dents in my ring.  I’m sure I’ll have to get it re-plated, but that’s Ok with me.

Post # 6
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3331 posts
Sugar bee

My ring is white gold and I’ve had it for around 9 months, and haven’t noticed any discoloration.  However, I may get mine recoated before our wedding, as I’ve dinged it up over the last several months.  I never take mine off and I have gotten some small little nicks in it from everyday use.  Personally, I was totally fine wtih white gold instead of platiunum, for us it was a price issue.  Like bluegreenjean, recoating is covered as part of the lifetime warranty policy I have at our jeweler.  You should check with your jeweler. 

Post # 7
Bee
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

When I started looking, I was ‘dead set’ on platinum. Several jewelers actually recommended against it for me though, because even though it’s harder to ‘dent’, the dents/scratches are on it for a lifetime once it is. So… I got the 18k gold. I hope i like it. (If I don’t, they do offer my ring in platinum too!)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I read on here- can’t remember the post- that hand sanitizer can react with the plating of white gold jewelry and tarnish it.  Just something to keep in mind.

My husband’s wedding band is white gold.  We’ve been married just over 4 months and just the other day he mentioned to me that he thought his ring looked tarnished.  It not very obvious and I’m not sure, but the plating may need to be redone sometime soon.

Post # 9
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1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

From what I know about platinum (what I wear)… platinum is actually easier to scratch than gold, since it’s a softer metal. However, the metal just moves to the sides of the scratch rather than being scraped off, like would happen with white gold. That’s why it does lose some shinyness after a while but can be buffed/polished back to the way it was. It doesn’t need to be plated like white gold.

 That said, I have my great-grandmother’s 10k white gold wedding ring and it’s still very white! 

Post # 10
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137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

my ring is white gold and i got it redipped because I did everything in it. I suggest taking your ring off when you exercise and are doing anything that can scratch it so you do not have to get it redipped as often.

Post # 11
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250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re going to get white gold based on cost, but all of the above is great info. I had a friend try to push me towards platinum because I would have to get the white gold recoated – however, that doesn’t seem like as big of a deal as she was making it. Is there an average sort of cost for the recoating? I don’t know if the jeweler we’re going to get our rings from has a warranty policy to cover it, but I plan on asking!

Post # 12
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175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

when I was deciding between white gold and platinum, I heard the same thing – platinum is easily scratched but can be buffed to look like new (kind of like ironing a wrinkled shirt).  White gold actually wears away so you have to have it dipped to make it look white again. 

My jeweler offers both services for free as much as you want (but they don’t recommend buffing more than twice a year b/c a micro amount can be worn away if you buff too frequently).  The sales girl at the store told me she gets her white gold rings dipped every month.  I didn’t have a strong preference since scratches can be fixed on both…so my husband ended up picking platinum for my e-ring.

When I picked out my wedding band I ended up picking palladium for cost reasons.  It’s a full eternity band so you can’t see much metal, but I really can’t tell the difference between the two rings except the palladium ring is not as heavy.  I think palladium is a good option and I haven’t noticed any scratching at all.

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

A jeweler talked us out of platinum also.  Yes, white gold needs to be replated, but I’d rather that than have my ring filed down.

I’ve had mine since October, and it hasn’t turned yellow yet.  But I’m sure I will need it done before my Sept. wedding.

 

Post # 14
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271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m a yellow gold person, but when we went and got our ring, they said they couldn’t do an all gold ring and that the top had to be white gold- fine, and it looked better too. Then I had to get it resized and thats where the problems came in- it started to turn yellow. I have had the ring for 2 1/2 years now and have had to get it re-rhodimized 3x. I need another coating but I have started wearing another ring I got a year ago instead- and will probably use that ring as my engagement ring and get a band for it instead.

It may just be the composition of my skin or something- maybe I’m not totally normal. I’m not rough on the ring. I take it off in the shower or to do dishes.

Don’t go the white gold route- do palladium if you are worrying about money.

Post # 15
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

the jeweler actually told us about this when we picked my setting out, but i knew i would KILL a platinum setting. mine has yellowed on the underneath (towards my palm), but not at all on the top. it began changing colors probably within 4 or 5 months of wearing it, but like you i wear it every day (i never take it off). i’ve had my ring a little over a year now but i haven’t had the ring recoated yet. you can’t tell from the top, so i’m just waiting until closer to the wedding.

Post # 16
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153 posts
Blushing bee

I have a platinum ring because prices in the metal had dropped significantly when we purchased it.  Platinum only shifts, unlike gold which will will wear away over time.  As it gets scratched, platinum develops a gray patina, which (granted) a lot of people don’t like.  You can buff and polish platinum back to a high lustre.  You never replate platinum; that would be a waste of money.

White gold turning yellow is dependent on your body chemistry and how abusive you are to your rings.  I know people who’ve had to replate every 3 months (a friend actually had to replate after 6 weeks…but that was due to a shoddy first go).  My sister has a 14k white gold ring for 3 years and it is now just turning yellow.

Lower karat white gold rings take less "time" (again, in relation to your body chemistry) because they have less gold (a yellow metal) in them.  As gold is mixed with white metals, a 10k white gold ring would usually yellow slower than an 18k white gold ring.

The cost of replating is on your jeweler.  Some have replating for life, which is a great deal if you want white gold.  I know others who pay about $50-$75 a go…it’s not good if you’re one of those people who yellow your ring quickly.

I hope this helps!  I love my platinum setting, while I’m planning on getting a palladium or titanium wedding band (I wanted a gold one because I love mixing metals, but the platinum would eat away the gold over time…boo).

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