(Closed) white gold to yellow gold….

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

why don’t you try just getting the rhodium plating removed first, and then seeing if the white gold is warm enough for you? some white golds are warmer than others, it depends on what went into its alloy.

 

if you decide to get it plated with yellow gold, you’ll need to get it replated like every 2 months. basically, when a plating is drastically different from the underlying color, it’s really noticeable even if a really small spot shows through (like on the parts of the ring that rub up against things the most). 

 

it might actually be cheaper in the long run to get your ring reset. 

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It will never be bright yellow gold, as its mixed with white metals (nickle)  to make it white. The rhodium plating only makes it a little whiter. You could always just let the current rhodium wear off, and the ring would def. look warmer, not so stark white…but again it would never be a true yellow gold.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Sadly, while you can have the rhodium polished off and your ring will be warmer, it will never truly be yellow gold. White gold is mixed with different alloys, making it whiter than normal gold regardless of whether it is plated or not. But as a PP said, you may prefer the ring being slightly warmer, and then you will never have to worry about plating it again. Just make sure that if you want to match any bands to the ring in the future you have them make them with the same alloys so the colours will match (WG can be alloyed with nickel or other metals, making it more or less white naturally).

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have to echo what others said, removing the rhodium will not make your ring yellow.  Your ring will just be a warm silver (white) metal.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here’s unplated 18k white gold. It’s definitely yellow, and not white anymore. It’s lighter than yellow gold, creamy even. It’s stunning!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Love!!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Brace2014:  Not all white golds are created equal. It depends on the specific alloy of white gold that was used in your ring. Some white gold alloys are platinum or palladium bound, so they’re not even rhodium plated at all and will never be even creamy yellow like the one posted above. It will also depend on the kt weight (14kt, 18kt, 19kt, etc) of the gold. It’s definitely worth a trip to the jeweler to ask, or sometimes you can even google your ring’s designer to see what alloy they’re using to make their rings.

 

ETA: oops, it looks like many of the PPs already said all of that. I guess to answer your question more directly, your ring could look like the one posted above when the rhodium plating is polished off, but you’ll definitely have to talk to your jeweler first to see.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Brace2014:  I know, right, that ring is something beautiful! The ring is made of 18k white gold. My 14k white gold eternity band has prongs that have turned yellow-ish, with the rhodium coming off fast with my hand chemistry. It’s nice! Here is a pic if you can deceipher the yellow tint in the prongs…

The white gold band is at the bottom, and it is stacked with a rose gold band on top. 

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