(Closed) Yellow gold or white?

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If you’re used to yellow gold, white gold might be a disappointment. White gold is a mixture of yellow gold + another white metal, such as nickel or palladium. If it’s mixed with nickel, you can have allergic reactions.

As well, white gold is actually a creamy white colour, so jewelers dip it in rhodium to plate it with a chome-white finish. The plating wears off over time (depending on your body chemistry, and wear and tear on the ring. You’ll have to have it re-dipped in rhodium to restore the bright shiny original finish. I just don’t have the time for this (or the money! It’s about $50-$75 each time).

If you see a ring you like in white gold, chances are that it’s also available in yellow, rose, or platinum / palladiam. Yellow and rose gold don’t need any aftercare like white gold does.

The big trend these days is rose gold, so it you want to be on trend, go for rose. White gold has been popular since the 1990s. Yellow gold is classic – and is also making a comeback.

 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I am personally a white gold girl, and all my other jewellery is either white gold or silver. I see nothing wrong with mixing metalics though 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey bee

steeleville :  I’m also a yellow gold girl. I used to be silver but developed an allergy to it. I am also allergic to nickel so white gold was out of the question for me.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I mix metals all the time. Today I am wearing platinum on one hand, and yellow and rose gold stacked on another. So nothing wrong with mixing metals…that idea you can’t mix metals dates back to when you also “had” to wear matching shoes and handbags. 

But I would say you should only get white gold if you LIKE white gold. If you see a ring in white gold, chances are you can get it in yellow gold, rose gold, or even platinum (or green gold, etc).

As another bee said, a lot of white gold is really “yellowish” in colour and plated with rhodium to keep it very white, which requires upkeep (and I personally do not like rhodium plated white gold at all on me). 

However, you can get super-white unplated white gold (Stuller X1, palladium-white gold, the latter which is nickel free) if you want a white gold you do not need to plate or that is nickel-free. Some manufacturers will only make pieces that are super white on their own, no plating required.

 

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

With my fair skin tone, I tend to not like how yellow gold looks on me, my e-ring is white gold

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

I love yellow gold! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I’d stick with what you know and love.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I”m all about yellow gold or silver, because of nickel allergies. Me wearing anything with nickel is not cute. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

RayKay :  Please share pictures of that yellow and rose gold stack, I’m dying to see it! 😀 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Stick with what you know and love.

I’ve always been a yellow gold girl. I’m European and it goes better with my complexion. I never liked white gold because IMW too many people tried to pass off their sterling silver as white gold and most people can’t tell the difference, but a good quality yellow gold is easy to spot. I like being able to see teh quality instantly.

Anyway, I got caught up in trends and what felt bridal and got a white gold set. Darling Husband initially got me a yellow gold, but I cocnvinced him to switch. Now? I HATE it. I do get compliments on it, but it’s just not me. It also tarnishes and I got tired of wearing it daily because i’m not getitng it dipped every 6 months so it looks shiny.

We just got a new yellow gold set. It’s being sized and I can’t wait! I’m more excited for htis than I am the one I currently own.

Just get what you feel is more you. Everyone has their different opinions,b ut if you know what works for you that’s all you need!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

hunting_bride :  I never thought complexion would make much of a difference. Imean, it’s our hands, right? But I get what you’re saying! Some metals just look better on certain skin tones.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I mostly wear yellow and rose golds, and my e ring is rose gold.  I love the look of white gold for an engagement ring, but the upkeep and the fact that it wouldn’t really “match” any of my other jewelry was enough for me to request rose or yellow gold.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Over the years, my choice in fashion jewelry has gone from all silver to all yellow gold. I’ve been on the gold train for a while, and that’s what my engagement ring is. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. I think yellow gold is a timeless choice and it just feels so romantic to me – but that may be just because that’s what my parents have. I really think it’s personal preference though! 

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