Why does my white gold ring look yellow?

White gold rings may sometimes start to appear yellow or have a yellow tinge. The reason for this is that pure gold (24K) is yellow. There is no such thing as 24K white gold. All gold starts off yellow, then alloys are mixed with it to determine its colour. Something like mixing paint. What can happen is that the yellow gold in the ring, because it is heavier than the alloys, will start to separate from the alloy and come to the surface. The ring now looks “yellow”. Also, white gold rings are typically plated in rhodium, a white metal. When the rhodium starts to wear off, the ring may start to look yellow. Recently, advances in the development of alloys have produced new types of white gold alloy. One example is alloy containing Palladium. Although it is a more expensive alloy to use, it produces a white gold ring that does not turn yellow. Different manufactures have other processes as well. Some of these work quite well to alleviate this problem.

If your white gold ring is starting to look yellow, it can be polished and re-rhodium plated so that it will look new again.

If you have questions about jewellery, please let us know. We can be reached by e-mail at exquisite@tbaytel.net, or via facebook (www.facebook.com/exquisitegold), or twitter (@exquisite gold). If you are in the area, please drop by our showroom at 1094 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Exquisite Gold & Gems Inc

http://www.exquisite.ca

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What is costume jewellery?

Many people have heard the term “costume jewellery” and are unsure of its meaning. Costume jewellery is typically made from base metals and glass or rhinestones. It can also be made with cubic zirconia or have other inexpensive stones. Costume jewellery may be very inexpensive, BUT, some old but not necessarily antique costume jewellery may have more value than one would think. Many people collect jewellery from certain manufactures, and will pay more for a piece than when it was originally purchased. One such manufacturer is Sherman, but there are others.  The disadvantages of jewellery made with base metals is that the plating that makes it appear bright and shiny when it is new, often wears off over time and these items cannot be re-plated. Also, if the item breaks it usually requires a laser welder to repair. This is an expensive machine to purchase as well as to use. Most jewellery repair depots do not have one as it is a very specialized piece of equipment and requires specialized training. We are fortunate to have an in-house laser welder as well as the expertise to use it. With the advent of laser welding, many items of jewellery that could not be fixed in the past, like some costume jewellery, can now be repaired using this specialized style of welding.

If you have questions about jewellery, please let us know. We can be reached by e-mail at exquisite@tbaytel.net, or via Facebook (www.facebook.com/exquisitegold), or twitter (@exquisite gold). If you are in the area, please drop by our showroom at 1094 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Exquisite Gold & Gems Inc

http://www.exquisite.ca