(Closed) White gold turning yellow…..anyone else?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Rhodium plating will wears off relatively quickly, so it’s normal to get jewelry re-dipped as often as 6 months, depending on where you get it dipped. Most women do it annually. 

I think you can get a ring dipped in platinum, but I also think that you might as well save your money and reset the ring when you can afford platinum because the platinum coating is more expensive than rhodium and will probably wear off eventually as well. 


Post # 4
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

This has happened to me as well.  I had my engagement ring redipped before the wedding but I haven’t done it since.  I sort of like the worn look and since it isn’t bright yellow the color doesn’t really bother me too much.

Post # 5
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is normal. I just tried on my band the other day and when comparing it realized how yellowy the Engagement Ring looks. Nothing to worry about though. If it bothers you get it re-dipped. I plan to do that just before the wedding next month.

Post # 6
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a white gold right hand ring. I’m not too hard on my rings and I didn’t have to get that one dipped again for at least 18 months. I am hoping that I won’t have to get my e-ring dipped until closer to the wedding. 

Post # 7
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had my ering redipped before the wedding so it matched my band. I will probably do it once a year.

Post # 8
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Gold IS yellow naturally.


There are a few ways to make gold be white, or any other shade: rose, green, black, etc. Other metals are added to the molten gold to make it 10, 14, 18 karat gold, and depending on what metals used, the colour can change as well. Often (mostly), “white” gold still has a yellow tinge to it, so a coating is added.

When you notice that your ring is “turning” yellow, it’s because the coating (almost always rhodium) is wearing off.


There are several reasons the plating may wear:

1. It wasn’t done properly in the first place.

2. Your own unique body chemistry which changes throughout the month.

3. Rubbing against other jewellery.

4. Exposure to chemicals, and yes, that includes hairspray.

5. Eventually, it will wear down, just like ANY metal, it gets thinner with use, and the rhodium plating is a VERY thin layer put on through a process called electroplating.


When I worked in the jewellery business (for nine years, I’m now a teacher), I discovered that the average time it takes for people to notice the wearing down of the rhodium is anywhere between 6 months and two years.



Now brides who NEVER need them replated, that’s usually because of the process which made the gold “white” in the first place. Some of these are not even dipped because they look like such a pure white.


I never had a customer ask me if their ring could be plated in platinum. Platinum is easily 3-4 times the cost of gold, so you’d be looking at a very expensive coating, and as it’s not the original manufacturers coating, your warranty (if you had one offered at time of purchase), would NOT cover the cost.

Even a platinum coating will eventually wear down, it may last 2-4 years. Platinum is known for its strength, but its not infallible. 


I hope this helps!


Post # 9
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How much does it cost to have the ring re-dipped?

Post # 10
22 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

My E-Ring turns yellow about every 3-4 months (too much hairspray, lotion, and working with tons of paper, I work in HR).  It cost me about $20 to have it re-dipped at a local jewelry store.  Because of this, we bought my wedding ring with the lifetime warrantee which includes unlimited re-platting. I am sure we will eventually have to re-set my engagement ring, because it does get annoying!

Post # 11
41 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

mine has started yellowing now after 1.5 years. i blame it the hand sanitizer i use (about every couple of minutes cause of my job) but i dont really mind it that much. i only notice it when i try on my wedding band, but im getting them soldered together soon and redipped anyway!

Post # 12
7767 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Rhodium plating can be pretty toxic, so keep that in mind.  It used to be worse though.

Post # 13
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve been wearing my ring for about four months and it’s showing some signs of wear/yellowing on the bottom of the band. Probably due to chemicals and how much I use my hands when I’m working. I’m not really bothered by it, but I may have it redipped before the wedding if I remember.

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