(Closed) White gold rings: have you had to get yours “re-dipped”?

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Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Most white golds are allowed with nickel. Some companies alloy with palladium/platinum. I’ve heard these need redipping less. Anyone know?

Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

All of my jewelry is white gold.  Everything I’ve ever owned has been/needed dipped.  You honestly don’t notice it as much until you hold it up to something that is brand new/freshly dipped.  That’s just how it is with white gold. I’ve only had my e ring since April and it needs dipped.  No one else can tell but I can tell..  It’s still white but it has that little gold undertone..

Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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Wannabe-diy-bride:  If you put hand sanitizer or any sort of alcohol on your hands with your ring on or before putting your ring on, that is not good for the ring or so I’ve been told. I’ve had my ring since Februaury 2014 and I take it off before washing my hands, and I only wear it out (not while I’m in the house) and it still looks fine. Also when you bring it to the jewlery store to clean, I heard the strip a very very thin layer of the gold so the more you clean it the sooner you will have to get it re dipped.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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BridetoBee2017:  Oh, I was worried that it would turn completely yellow or something. I’m not bothered by a little undertone. 

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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kisa15:  No, white gold is actually yellow gold mixed with white alloys so it’s not yellow gold toned like we’re used to seeing.  Then the alloy is dipped in a rhodium (sp?) plating to make it very white.  So it will show a yellow tone but it won’t be complete yellow gold.  Some people actually prefer the yellow tone so they just never get redipped.  I personally love the shiny look a freshly dipped ring has so I opt for getting mine dipped 🙂 

I have a brand new white gold band that I’ve never worn and a white gold clauddah ring that REALLY needs dipped. I’ll try to remember to post a picture of them side by side later when I get home.  🙂 

Post # 51
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Busy bee

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MsElle:  I’m not sure about palladium and stuff. but yes, you are correct that different companies use white gold that contain different alloys. the challenge is to find out who uses what. 

I choose to not plate my rings and one looks slightly yellower than the other (one is very new, the other is from the 20’s). the old ring is the whiter one. it’s clear they have different alloys but it’s really subtle, I can only tell when I’m really looking for it. as for the warmth, it doesn’t bother me at all. I can only tell when I hold them up next to a really white metal (like silver). it’s nice to not have to maintain plating. 

Post # 52
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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MsElle:  I had 18k white gold rings that were alloyed with palladium. They were not rhodium plated and thus never needed replating. They were not as bright white as they would be with rhodium plating, more of a very shiny greyish-white. Here is a photo of them in the daylight (FYI: the head/prongs were platinum):

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There are other specialized alloys too that provide a very white look without rhodium plating. Stuller for example makes certain such alloys, which a few jewelers have access too. This photo shows Stuller’s 14k X-1 unplated white gold versus a “regular” unplated 14k white gold and an 18k palladium-alloy white gold (and also comparisons against palladium, platinum) (image from Green Lake Jewelers):

Here is another comparison from Moissanite Co of rhodium plated 14k/18k white gold versus unplated 14k white and unplated 18k white. Note, that different vendors use different alloys, so others may be more or less “yellow” than this:

 

The alloy used is key. Older/antique white gold used to usually have a VERY high nickel content so often was usually very white. Many manufacturers today use cheaper alloys though, or can’t use nickel due to allergies or restrictions, so “white” gold is less white…and gets plated to get the very white look that many customers expect for “white” gold as gold itself is NOT whiteand is going to want to look like…gold. 18k has more gold content than 14k, so if the alloys are similar, the 18k will generally appear warmer/yellower, but a very “white” alloyed 18k can appear less yellow than a “regular” alloyed 14k.

I prefer yellow gold over white, but for white golds I actually like the “warmer” look it has when unplated, whether it is a “regular” alloy or an “extra white” alloy. It’s not YELLOW, but more of a warmer white (not as “cool”). Suits my skin tone better, as well. My original wedding ring is plated 14k white gold, just a “regular” alloy. It took a while for the plating to wear off, but I like it better now that it is not so bright white!

 

 

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Post # 53
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Alright. This thread has put my mind to ease. Don’t have to worry about my white gold turning yellow. Not dipping mh rings, keeping them as is. It wouldn’t make too much since as my Fiance is a marine who is also getting a white gold band, and with the amount of wear his band will be getting he’d have to be re-dipping it monthly.

Post # 54
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve have my wedding set over a year and fortunately, it’s holding out well, no dipping necessary.  I’m considering upgraded in a few years to a Platinum set.  If it starts to turn, I’m going to keep it just the way it is.  I rather save the money to add it towards the platinum set. 

 

Post # 55
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Wannabee

Okay.. my e-ring is REALLY yellow and my wedding band is REALLY white.. Where can I get it dipped and any ideas on how much this runs? My e-ring came from Kays!  HELP!

Post # 56
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have a white gold ring from my daughters I have had it for 5 yrs and have never taken it off I clean with it on, shower with it on and everything and I have never had to get it redipped.

Post # 57
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Newbee

Not trying to put anyone down but zales quality overall is pretty poor. My initial engagement ring was from zales and after doing research my fiancé and I decided to go with Blue Nile. I’m so much happier with the overall quality of the diamond and the craftsmanship. Zales makes it seem like your getting a super deal b/c of all the lifetime perks (cleaning, sizing) but if you do your research most places offer all that stuff at no additional cost including blue nile. Anyways do your research. Good luck !

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Lee AnnR:  you can get your ering refilled at Kay’s for free as long as you have the warranty on your ring. But be sure to really look at it afterwards, I ended up having my diamond reset at Jareds due to the poor quality of my setting from Kay.. I got it redipped and within A week or two it was yellow again. It was crazy 🙁 they also send it out for 2 wks thru Kay. My setting is now through Jared and I have had no problems at all. Jared also does redipping on site, you could do this but it’s around $50

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