(Closed) white gold to yellow gold?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1612 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

kapalua67:  Happened to my coworker’s engagement ring but not her wedding ring.  She has been taking her engagement ring back to the store to be redipped several times but never her wedding ring.

Post # 3
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

kapalua67:  Is it possible that the 14k white gold you have isn’t rhodium dipped?  Because if it’s not, you’re never going to notice the difference.  Maybe your 18k ring is rhodium dipped– and when it is, some people thing that thier ring “yellows” when that rhodium starts th wear down.  And if it’s happening fast– yep, maybe it could be because it’s 18k, or mayne because of your body chemistry.


I have white gold jewelry that is NOT rhodium dipped, so it’s possble you do, too.



Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee

White gold is made using alloys with metals that are white so even unplated it looks whiter than yellow gold. But most is plated with rhodium to make it look bright white like platinum. You can get a white gold made with Palladium that looks very, very white without plating but normally you have to request it as its more expensive. 

Post # 6
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Right, as PP post said:  white gold is yellow gold, but with alloys added to make it look white.

But unplated white gold looks yellower than rhodium dipped.  It’s common to dip white gold jewelry is rhodium to give it that super white look…..but depending on your body chemisty, and how much you wear the ring/what your daily activities re wearing the ring, it wear faster for some people– and it’s normal.  My ring is rhodium dipped– I get it polished and redipped before the wedding, and then I had to do it again just in Feb because I actually cut my ring when a knife slipped- and there was a knick that was sort of hurtin me.  But I actually plan to just let the rhodium wear off and do it’s thing.  I love the look of white gold.  It is  white looking, but when you’re seeing parts of your ring that are still plated (usually the top/sides) and then the shank area that starts to wear first….the white gold can appear yellow to some.  


And as I mentioned before….it’s very possible the jewelry you owned before wasn’t rhodium dipped…therefore you would have never noticed/experienced this “color change”, if you will.

Post # 7
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m in a similar situation. 

I am sick of having to redip my rings. I usually do it once a year, but I’d do it more if I could. 

I’m thinking of seeing if I can literally somehow get them completely yellow gold; however I’m in love with white gold. 

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