My white gold diamond ring has become dull and grey.

My white gold diamond ring has become dull and grey.

The probable cause is that the Rhodium-plating has worn off (see full explanation below). Take your ring to a reputable jeweller, who can firstly confirm that it is in fact Gold, and then Rhodium-plate it again for you – it will look as good as new.

Dull and grey white gold ring befroe and after cleaning

My Question:

My husband gave me a white gold diamond half-eternity ring for our 10th anniversary.I wear it constantly, but have noticed that it has become very dull and grey – and cleaning does not seem to help.I no longer enjoy wearing the ring, and think that we were taken for a ride.   Perhaps the metal is not gold, even though it is marked 750, which I am told is 18ct.
Yours sincerelyDull & Grey

Dear Dull and Grey,

I am sorry that your ring is no longer bringing you joy.  But, in all likelihood,  the problem is easily resolved and your husband was not crooked!

There is a simple technical explanation for the problem.  “White” gold is made of gold, which is bright yellow in colour, alloyed (mixed) with other metals, including Palladium, a “white” metal which masks the yellow colour of gold.  The difficulty lies in the fact that even though this gold is termed “White”, it is in fact a yellowish-grey.  When this white gold is used in jewellery, it is normally Rhodium-plated, which gives it a bright finish.  Rhodium-plating is an accepted enhancement throughout the world.

General wear and tear is likely to have caused the Rhodium to wear off.

I suggest that you take your ring to a reputable jeweller, who can firstly confirm that it is in fact 18ct, and then Rhodium-plate it again for you – it will look as good as new.  Good luck – let me know what happens!

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