(Closed) White gold rings damaged?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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536 posts
Busy bee

Everly14: This is totally normal,especially after 8 months. You will tend to see the bottom of the shank start to look yellow from the plating being worn off before the rest of the ring. Depending on the person, this can happen after a couple of months to a few years. I usually have to dip mine every 3-4 months (I never take my rings off so the plating wears quickly). That said, some of my white gold pieces wear more than others. It depends on the white gold alloy mix (White gold is really yellow gold mixed with other white metals, but it doesn’t make it completely white, hence a yellow hue when the rhodium plating wears off). Hope this helps! 

Post # 3
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2713 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I’ve had my white gold engagement ring for 13 months and while it’s not as shiny as it was, it hasn’t worn down at all…I’m not yet wearing it with a wedding ring though so I guess that may make a difference?

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is usual for white gold. I get my rings re plated every 6 mths or so, and looking at them now, the bottoms of the 18ct gold looks ‘whellow’ (white-ish yellow) and it is only 5 mths since they were done.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Everly14:  this is completely normal. It’s just the rhodium wearing off. Most people get their rings redipped every 6 months or so. My ering is only two months old and the rhodium is wearing off where my wedding band rubs it. White gold naturally has a yellow tint to it and rhodium is what makes it shiny white.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can you post a picture? I think it depends on how yellow they really are. I have been wearing my rings together for almost two years to work and work out and they have dulled but they aren’t two different colors as you say yours are.

Post # 8
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1941 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

It depends on your body chemistry some people wear the plating off in a few months, I can get away with going almost 2 years. 

Post # 11
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536 posts
Busy bee

Everly14:  Looking at the picture, you shouldn’t worry about the quality. That’s exactly what my wedding band looks like after a few months! Some of my other white gold does not get as yellow as my band after the rhodium rubs off, and my stacker ring doesn’t get yellow at all! But again, it depends on what white alloys were mixed with the yellow gold, the karat, your body chemistry, if it stacks against another ring, etc. 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Everly14:  I personally don’t think that amount of yellowing is normal but that’s only based on what my rings look like after two years (nowhere near that yellow).

I know a previous poster mentioned body chemistry but if you haven’t had problems with other jewelry I’m not sure that would be the issue.

I guess most people are saying it’s normal though so maybe my rings are the strange ones! 

Post # 13
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371 posts
Helper bee

My ering is currently at the jeweller’s for replating 😉

I had the same doubts that you have and the jewelry shop owner told me it’s very normal for white gold to turn yellow.

I’ve had mine for 18 months now wearing it daily. The jeweller told me most people have their white gold replated once a year, so… no concerns at all! 

Post # 14
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915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Mine looks the same; it’s just what happens.  Redipping is quick and pretty cheap, or else if you don’t mind the faded look, you can leave it alone and eventually it will all turn a very light yellow.  How yellow it gets also depends on the underlying alloy. 

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