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I only had to have mine dipped after I had it sized... the heating brings out the goldish colour. The new jeweller I took it to said it should be dipped once a year or so. I can't believe the difference it made, it's so shiny and beautiful again!

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we knew when we chose wg that it would change; some change faster than others (it depends on the karats..how much gold is actually in the metal). i get mine dipped every time i get it cleaned; which is often b/c im currently waiting tables. it doesnt mess up the ring at all. yeah it sucks, but i just go when i'm in the area--no biggie!

 

btw by often i mean every 3 to 4 months...so i cant even tell if its turning or not :)

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Originally Posted by mspattemac View Post
Hi!
The lady isn't explaining it to you correctly (or probably doesn't know herself).
24 karat gold is naturally a mustard yellow color. What you see in stores is usually 18kt (which is 75% gold, 25% another alloy), 14kt (58% gold) or 10kt (41% gold). Natural gold is soft so it is mixed with other alloys to make it more durable.
You get white gold when they mix gold with alloys that will make it turn white. Most of the white gold jewelry that you see in the stores has a rhodium plate on it to give it a whiter appearance (lots of silver is also sold with a plate over it to give it a shinier look).
With time the plate will wear off and expose the metal beneath which in a lot of cases (not not always) will have a yellowish tint to it. You white gold will never look at yellow as a yellow gold ring but you will notice that slight yellow tint.
On my ring I only really notice it around the bottom where it probably gets dinged more.
Ah ha! I get what you're saying now :) Thanks for clarifying! I just told this to my fiance and it was something he didn't realize either! We are totally oblivious apparently!blush2.gif

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well I believe the ring was probably yellow gold to begin with and that they dipped it in rhodium plate (which is used to change yellow to white gold or for 18k white gold and for platinum)...this is why we chose 14 white gold, never has to be dipped, all the others seemed way too high maintenance for me. I originally wanted platinum, but even that has to be dipped regularly!
huh.gif my ring is platinum and I have had it for 3 years and I never had to have it "dipped' in anything, I think your jeweler wanted to close the deal so he just told you that. I have never heard of platinum having to be dipped. He might have meant it needs to be buffed because over time it can look dull and loose its shine. I had mind buffed after 3 years and its all nice and shiny again. Platinum is chosen often because of its durability.

Caroline24 at least the store is willing to do it for you for free. Can you imagine having to pay each time you had to have it dipped!?! rant.gif

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I've got a 14K white gold E-ring and wedding band. My E-ring is only starting to yellow slightly and only really at the bottom. My jeweller suggested that I have it dipped this spring. I've been wearing it since May 2008. I'm an RN so my hands get washed with both soap and alcohol rub a bazillion times a day. My ring insurance covers any "dippings" it may need for the rest of my life or the ring's life.

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Wow that's super fast. My ring is over 3 years old now and I haven't had to have it dipped yet. I have started talking about it, but it's not necessary yet. I would def take it back to the jeweler and see if they will do it for free b/c 3 months is ridiculous.

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How much does it usually cost to have it dipped?
When I was looking for places to have it dipped (in the GTA) it ranged from $50-70! And most places wanted me to drop it off overnight!

But then I went to the Jewelry Exchange (on Yonge, across from the Eaton Centre) and there was a guy in the back who did it for $10 in 5 mins! He said he gave me the 'friend' rate because the jeweller that's making my wedding bands works in the same office building, but his normal price is only $20, so not too bad at all.

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it does go gold as that is one of the metals white gold is made of.i got my e ring 12mths ago and it is still ok but i do take it off alot to shower/wash dishes.different chemicals can make it change quicker but i think 3mths is too soon?

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