Post # 1
Long time lurker, first time poster but I intend to be on here a bit from now on.
I have an issue and I hope some of you might have some ideas/answers. I have white gold engagement and wedding rings which were bought brand new from a jewellers. I have been wearing the engagement ring since May last year and the wedder since August.
I am aware that white gold rings dull over time, however the bottom half of the engagement ring on both sides has worn down to yellow gold on both sides as it sits against the wedder every day.
The rest of both rings are still bright white and haven’t dulled at all. But still half the ring on both sides is now clearly yellow. I have read up on replating and how often to do it, but the sample pictures seem to be more about the colour becoming dull all over rather than half a ring being a totally different colour.
I feel that the amount this has happened is exessive for having only worn then for just on 8 months.
I will be speaking with the jewellers tomorrow to ask about the situation but I’m wondering if rings do turn yellow to this extent in 8 months? I wear them for desk work and out and about, never for exercise and don’t wear them at home. They are very well protected. They also don’t get soap on them or chemicals.
These rings were not cheap and were a huge investment so I want to be able to go in with all the facts tomorrow.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
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
- 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
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
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 # 6
Thank you, everyone! It sounds like it’s normal wear and tear after all. I’m sure the jewellers tomorrow will be able to suggest the best redipping for it.
Post # 7
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
- 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 # 9
MrsBeck: Sure 🙂 As you can see in the pic the whole of the bottom half is very clearly yellow gold. The wedder is the type that is meant to sit directly against the engagement ring and is shaped to fit around where the diamond ‘sticks out’.
I’m just concerned about the overall quality of the ring as I haven’t even been wearing it for a year and have it sitting in it’s box a lot so it doesn’t get damaged and it’s already in this state. It may not look it but I’m actually incredibly careful with it.
I have other rings that are white gold and they have never looked even close to becoming like this, although I do wear them separately.
Post # 10
This is how the wedding band sits with it, the band drops down around the ‘basket’ and it is flush with the other ring at all times.
Post # 11
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
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
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
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.