Post # 1
I’m hoping some bees with a little more knowledge on the subject can help me out. My white gold wedding rings rhodium plating comes off or fades very quickly, like my band is yellowed in 3 months. BUT the rest of my white gold jewelry does not have this issue. I have a pair of white gold earrings that I have worn every single day for 6 years, and they are still beautiful and bright white. As well as a white gold chain that I wear regularly for several year that hasn’t changed. It was my understanding that your body chemistry is mostly the reason that rhodium plating wears off, with some other things effecting it such as washing your hands, and bumping your ring this removing some of it, but it seems weird that my rings turn in a matter of months, and my other jewelry hasn’t turned at all. I would think if it were body chemistry related that they would have turned at least a bit, right?
Post # 2
its because of the fricition a ring naturally makes against your skin, plus it gets wet, soap etc everyday. Earrings just stay put in your lobes, same with a necklace, but a ring moves around all day. It just gets more wear and tear. I prefer platinum for rings for this reason.
Post # 3
That makes sense. I knew things on your hands get more “wear”, it just seemed really weird. I have been thinking about getting a plain platinum band for a while now, and resetting my engagement ring eventually for this reason, because it’s honestly annoying that my rings turn so quickly.
Post # 4
Does anyone have an 18k palladium ring? I’ve heard that palladium helps to keep it whiter, but I don’t know how true that is. I went to my jeweler here in town to price a platinum set, and it was almost $2500 for a solitaire and plain band, which is way more than I want to spend. Lol. Yellow gold would be an option as well I suppose, I just don’t currently wear any yellow gold. So I would need to pick up a few other pieces so that they all matched.
Post # 5
I assume you mean palladium white gold (because you can get palladium – no gold – for a ring too). I have had 18k palladium white gold rings, and also have a 14k palladium white gold ring. Both were/are unplated and very white. The 18k one was more of a “grayish white” than the 14k one. They don’t need plating (so of course they also never yellow).
It really all depends on the underlying alloys. You can actually get VERY white gold alloys made with nickel too FYI (Stuller X1 alloy and so on) as well, but lots of manufacturers knowing that it will be rhodium plated anyway go with yellower alloys. Some people even prefer these warmer unplated alloys to remain unplated.
Post # 6
I had an unplated 14K palladium white ring–it still had that buttery look. Personally, I like it and was sad it didn’t work out for me. If you don’t like the buttery look get used to rhodium plating or better yet look into naturally white metals like silver, palladium, and platinum.