(Closed) white gold ering band problems

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I hate to say it but maybe it’s gold plated? I’d take to get it looked at. 

Post # 4
3330 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The yellowing is normal. Have you heard people talking about getting their rings dipped? That’s where you get it rhodium plated again and it makes the ring go back to its normal color. The band thinning is more of a problem, I would definitely talk to your jeweler about that one.

Post # 5
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

White gold does yellow; you have to get the rhodium re-plated periodically to keep it looking its pretty white best. 

Mine is 18k white gold and has gotten pretty yellowed by now…I’d say after wearing it for 4 months I could already tell, and now it’s more obvious.  Fortunately, I don’t mind it too too much.  I’ll have it re-rhodiumed before the wedding so it matches my wedding ring, and hopefully upgrade to platinum someday in the far future.

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you have a warrantly that sometimes goes with certain rings depending on where you got it, they can flash it for you, which means they will just recoat it with gold.

Post # 7
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs.Kennedy: I’d go in to see about the thinning of the band, that seems to be happening really quickly if you’ve only had it for about 4 months! The PPs are right about asking about getting it rhodium plated/dipped, since white gold is actually a mix of yellow gold and another metal (usually nickel or palladium). If you get it plated, it should last anywhere from a year – 2 years before showing wear again.

Do you wear your ring at all times, especially at night or while you’re cleaning with chemicals? Rubbing on the sheets and the chemicals in cleaning agents (and I think everyday things like harsher shampoos) can speed up the deterioration of your ring. I take mine off to sleep, and put it back on after my morning shower, and I also never wear it for doing dishes or cleaning house. I’ve had my ring for 8 months and it hasn’t started to yellow yet. I’d check it out at the jewelers ASAP. 

Post # 8
198 posts
Blushing bee

I had the same issue.  I took it to a small family jeweler to ask what can be done.

My ering came from etsy.com, so I couldn’t really “take it in” to them.

The jeweler said the intial platting probably was on the thinner side.  He states he dips it on the heavy side to avoid this issue.

I had to get it sized and he said wait till we size and polish it as it may look better. 

It did look better but it till has a yellow tint to it, so I’m going to have it replatted.

Post # 10
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

All white gold rings do that.  They are plated with rhodium.  It doesnt mean it isnt real etc etc.  It just a maintenance issue you have to consider when going with white gold vs. plat.  So, what to do.  get it re dipped at a reputable  jeweler.  Then DO NOT CLEAN or use harsh chemicals in it.  Its breaks the coating down.

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