(Closed) White gold rings yellowed, rest of wg jewelry doesnt?

posted 4 years ago in Accessories
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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ChellFish22:  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.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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ChellFish22:  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.

 

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Helper bee

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.

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