Post # 1
Hi Bees! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my engagement ring & new wedding band, however when we put my band on next to my e-ring now my e-ring looks straight up yellow. My e-ring was purchased used so we know nothing about it except that it was sold as white gold & our jeweler has been cleaning it & plating it as white gold. The plating in the past has worn off pretty quick, but I figured it was just my body’s chemistry or something. Until I put them together & now it’s pretty obvious something else is up. I had the white gold e-ring cleaned and replated the week before we left for Mexico & then didn’t wear it until the day of the wedding, so it’s been on about the same amount of time as my new white gold band, yet looks drastically different.
Maybe someone knows what the heck is going on because it keeps catching my eye & I hate when things don’t match/aren’t symmetical…. For the record, I’ve worn my 18K white gold college ring for 5+ years daily, with only 2 cleanings, with an antique finish, and it looks just as white as the band so I’m beginning the think I may have a defunct e-ring =( or something….
not as noticeable from the front:
Much more noticeable from the sides & back:
Post # 3
That looks awfully yellow to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was yellow gold that has been plated. And not very well, either. It should be bright white when it’s first plated. I turn white gold yellow pretty fast, but it only ever gets to a creamy white. Never a true yellow.
Post # 4
@Jeravae: thank you for responding- that’s what I was afraid of……. That would royally suck ass….
Post # 5
You’re welcome. I hope this isn’t the case, but I would reccomend talking to the jeweler who is doing the plating for you. He can polish off the rhodium and look at the metal underneath.
Post # 6
@BeckyS0: Wow. I agree with PP — when plating wears off a white gold ring it just has a tinge — it doesnt ACTUALLY turn into yellow gold. Maybe the seller just plated a yellow gold ring because he thought white would sell better. Boooooooo. It’s pretty though!!
Post # 7
@Jeravae: & @wrkbrk:
any ideas on how to get & keep it white again? Or would I have to have the whole thing re-made with white gold?
Post # 8
@BeckyS0: That is awful. I’d be pissed at the jeweler. It looks like white plated yellow gold.
Post # 9
Hmmm. I think the solution may be to completely recast into true white gold..not yellow gold that is plated here. I go swimming in my rings, wash my face, etc and they never turn even the faintest yellow(I have 14k white gold). It wouldn’t be that pricey to do so if you find a true jeweler who is willing to give you a scrap gold credit. It totally can be done! Post pics and good luck 🙂
Post # 10
ITA with the other posters. I think it is a yellow gold ring and that it is not white gold at all. It’s missing the alloys to turn it white and I think your jeweler is just plating it.
Time to see what another jeweler says.
Post # 12
Wow that’s quite the yellow, and not creamy yellow like what I’ve seen. I found this thread for you that compares the different colors of unplated WG:
Like what Jeravae said, when it’s replated (properly) the ring should be a bright white. I’ve never heard of it rubbing off over a week. Maybe consult with another jeweler and ask their opinion? If not, I suggest you create a thread on Pricescope and ask their opinions. Along with other experienced members, some jewelers and appraisers post there too, so you can get a more professional opinion.
I agree with the PPs that say they just plated the yellow gold with rhodium, thinking that would be enough (which it is definitely not)
Post # 13
Oh no! Mine turns “yellow” pretty fast, but never THAT yellow! I would definitely talk to your jeweler, that looks like yellow gold to me.
Post # 14
*YIKES* that is not good !!
I would say even 100% without seeing your ERing in person, that it is a Yellow Gold Ring that has been plated to “look” as if it is White Gold
(ie the Retailer decided they had too many used / vintage GOLD Gold Rings on hand, and in order to move them decided to make them more modern and WHITE Gold instead)
Dipped / Plated Yellow Gold to “look” White and White Gold are not the same thing.
White Gold actually is yellow gold (natural state) combined with other White Metals (like Nickel) when the gold is in a molten state… then the hardened metal is dipped in Rhodium Plating to make the white gold sparkly
Over time the plating will wear thin… and the white gold underneath won’t sparkle as much… take on a richer patina… BUT it won’t look like GOLD Gold like your ring does.
I am not 100% sure if you’ll have any recourse here with the Retailer… it is great he’ll keep replating it for you… but seriously what a HUGE Pain in the Butt… having to do this continually
(Whereas people with TRUE White Gold only get them replated once in awhile… if at all… like you said your College Ring looks great even when it isn’t being redipped / plated).
I am sorry this has happened to you… it has to be disheartening. (( HUGS ))
Post # 15
If it does turn out that it’s yellow gold, I would take it somewhere else and have it plated really well. Then have your wedding band soldered to it so that the two bands don’t scratch eachother. You may have to consistently plate it, but even if you have really acidic hand oils, it won’t happen in a week. A good plating should last several months at the very least.
Post # 16
THat’s crazy. I have to believe it was plated yellow gold.
I’ve had my white gold e-ring for 1.5 years and only had it re-dipped twice. The last time was before my wedding in March and it still looks good as new.
If you get two white gold rings redipped at the same time, they should really wear down at the same pace.
I’d probably choose a new setting if I were you.