Is Your White Gold Ring Turning Yellow?!!!!!!!
What is White Gold? White Gold is basically Yellow Gold with some added minerals like Zinc to give it a Whiter look. That’s why White Gold has a Yellowish cast to it, it’s really Yellow Gold to begin with! Once White Metals are added to the Gold, it’s then Rhodium Plated.
Rhodium Plating is a tough White Metal that is electroplated on top of the Gold so that the Yellow disappears! Almost all White Gold Jewelry is Rhodium plated to make them a brighter and more beautiful White!
What you’re seeing when your ring and jewelry as a tint of Yellow is the Rhodium Plating wearing off or rubbing off through normal wear and tear.
That’s the biggest down-side to White Gold, it’s not a True White Metal! How fast the Rhodium wears off depends on how often you wear your ring or jewelry and what it comes in contact with, like chemicals, abrasions, soaps, detergents and even your own body acids! In the case of rings you wear everyday, the Rhodium wears off faster.
White Gold can last a lifetime. As long as you have it replated whenever it starts to turn yellow. Take it in to your local Jeweler or goldsmith and have them polish and re-rhodium plate it again for a minimal cost!
Ola Tinuke Erogbogbo-Oyeniyi(RGA)
Chief Operating Officer/Jewelry Designer