It can also take as little as a few days, but it's not something that can be done while you wait. There's not much you can do about this except figure out your exact size and pass that info on to your boyfriend before he buys your engagement ring. My engagement ring and wedding band came from two different jewelers, and they're a pretty good match, color-wise.
But I was lucky. White gold can be made from alloys with nickel or with palladium, and they can come plated with rhodium which will eventually wear away or not. If having slightly different silver-colored rings would bother you, check that the metals are made from identical alloys and plated with not only the same metal but also the same thickness of metal. And there's no way of telling how quickly your white gold engagement ring or wedding band will discolor because everyone's different.
Thanks for the info, ArtisanPlating. Which of the above is the biggest surprise to you? What else would you add to this list? What metal do you want for your engagement ring? Rewards Free Stuff Promos. Re-dipping just seems to be a fact of life with white gold. I got my white-gold engagement ring last July, and had it re-dipped sometime this winter February, I think.
Luckily, my ring only seems to wear on the underside, so even if I wait a while, its really not noticeable to anyone but me. I do kind of wish that I had known about this re-dipping thing before my Fiance got the ring — I would have expressed more of a preference for platinum.
We were both shocked when the ring started yellowing, and have now ruled out white gold especially for him for wedding bands. I had my e-ring dipped 3 years after having it to match it to my wedding band. I had my e-ring replated before the wedding because it looked yellow next to my wedding ring.
From now on, I figure as long as my e-ring and band yellow at the same rate, I might be able to wait longer. I have had my e-ring about 4 years. I just wanted it to be extra shiny. And both my wedding band and e-ring still look great almost 2 years later. So I guess I think its unusual that you would have to do it that often. Maybe it has something to do with your body chemistry or whatever. The white in white gold comes from the alloys mixed with the gold. Different alloys give you white or yellow or rose or vhovolate or whatever.
The rhodium gives you the super white, super shiny look. I agree that it could depend on the alloy used in the gold. Even though I wore the engagement ring for months by itself, it is exactly the same color as the wedding band. And I never take mine off. I clean with bleach, ammonia not together! My mother got her e-ring in the s and has never had to have it redipped. Find support, ask questions, swap stories, and follow brides planning real weddings here on Weddingbee. Page of 4. Post 1.
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Sold items. More filters All listings Accepts Offers Auction Buy it now. Condition Any condition. Not specified. My engagement ring is palladium, but the jeweler that is custom making my wedding band talked me into getting X-1 white gold. He said that the palladium will loose its luster faster.
He explained to me other advantages of getting the white gold, which unfortunately I don't exactly remember, but I was set on getting palladium when I went in there until he explained everything to me. I do know that the X-1 white gold is a different kind of white gold though, so maybe not all white gold would be a better choice over palladium and it even cost more than the palladium. White gold is white because of rhodium plating, its not naturally that color, unlike platinum, silver or palladium.
To keep white gold rings looking just like new, they need to be re-dipped or plated every few years, or it will wear off and look more yellow. Palladium is a metal that has not been popular recently, but is starting to make a come-back and you see it more commonly now because of the increase in price of gold and platinum.
It will look slightly different than white gold. Its a bit paler in color, but very similar. The ring itself will also feel lighter than a gold counterpart. My parents have bands with what was white gold decoration--it wore of completely after 10 years. I also have a white gold ring that has needed it once after 5 years because I like it shiny and it tends to dull a bit after time.
If I was ordering custom bands, I would have gone with palladium and my jeweler recommends it to women who don't have the idea that they "have" to have a specific metal. I just remembered I think one of the differences in the X-1 is that it either doesn't have rhodium or something so it does not have to be replated??
Actually the higher quality the gold the MORE often it will have to be dipped, because there is more gold and less base metal. All gold is naturally yellow. Wear and tear degrades that rhodium finish and the ring needs to be re-plated. So 14K is a representation of the percentage of actual gold in the ring. Since 14K gold has more gold than 10K gold a 14k gold ring is going to need to be dipped more often because it has more yellow in it.
I worked in jewelry and heard varied responses on Palladium. I have heard from different jewelers that it can be a difficult metal to work with causing difficulty with repairs. Overall I prefer white gold as it can be made to look new over and over again using the rhodium plating process. White gold isn't yellow gold that's dipped in rhodium. Mine only starts to turn a little in the palm of my hand part of the ring. The top near the diamond stays white, I'm only getting it plated for the wedding ya know those close up hand shots.
That's the knowledge off the top of my head. Been doing the jewelry thing for almost 3 years. Palladium, along with platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals. White gold: White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel or palladium. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is given in carats. I only wear white gold, my E ring is white gold dipped in palldium.
Shoot, silly computer! My ring is 14k White Gold and I haven't had any problems with it yet. When I take it in for the 'every six months' check-up. They inspect it, clean it, and do a rhodium dip. Looks brand spankin' new. My mom and grandma had some 14k white gold and they aren't showing any yellow either.
I guess it just depends on what you do with it. The metals that it's alloyed with sometimes react to chemicals such as hair spray, perfumes, cosmetics, household cleaners, etc. You don't want to do it too much because you are in fact removing the weight of the platinum by buffing it. Ok I didn't read any of these posts before I posted mine so if I'm re-stating things sorry in advance.
I used to work for a jeweler so this is my strenth! I'll make it really simple. In order of metal strenth it goes like this: Platinum, Palladium, Gold, Silver. My FH's ring is Palladium. White gold is a tricky little substance. No gold that comes out of the ground is naturally white. It has to be "dipped" in what is called a Rhodium Plating. What the Rhodium does is coat it to give it a really bright shiny surface.
Depending on the oils and such in your skin, you may have to have it re-plated more often than others. Like I said though, yours may be different. Ok so here are the pro's and con's to both. White gold has a 'brighter' white look to it.. Platinum however is just as 'bright' once it's bought, but over time it dulls and scratches. The cool thing about Platinum though is that you can have your jeweler buff it more often than you can buff gold.
I would only recommend twice a year at most. I actually have a Platinum ring and honestly, you really can't tell when it gets dull because of the diamonds! Ask me if you have any other questions, I worked in the jewelry industry for about 3 years, I promise I know what I'm talking about lol. Palladium is absolutely NOT a mixture of platinum and gold. Palladium is an element, just like platinum, gold, silver or hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, for that matter.
It is a beautiful metal, though I prefer the weight that comes with platinum palladium is not as dense as platinum. It depends on what you want your jewelry to look like in the long run - the white gold especially after being re-rhodiumed will be shiny and often look quite new. The palladium obtains more of a platinum-like patina the finish has a texture from all of the tiny scratches and nicks blending together.
Heather-I would have thought that white gold being a softer metal would show more scraches than palladium? Guess Im off on that way! I think Im going to go in a store and look at a few in person compare, but Im leaning towards Palladium since it will be stronger. And while this pic isnt what my ring will look like exactly, its similar in that because of the tiny little diamonds on the side, you will really only see the metal on the bottom half of the ring.
This page has info one white gold jewelery and also on the X1 gold which does not require a rhodium dip because it does not change color. I'm having the same issue.. My ring is from a local store but they are actually not "known" for jewelry, LOL.. It is white gold and after wearing it for a yr and a half the shank bottom is beginning to yellow a bit. I want to have mine redipped before the wedding in Sept.
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