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14K or 18K white gold rings – white gold color or rhodium plated?

March 5th, 2011

The question of white gold color is one that comes up over and over again, since some of the rings at  www.crystalrealm.com are historic reproductions, and some are not.  Here’s important info on all of Crystal Realm’s white gold jewelry:

Ring Style in White gold Karat Gold Rhodium-
Traditional poesy rings 14K
No……………….. These are Renaissance reproduction rings, which are not rhodium plated.  14K white gold poesy rings have a slightly creamish cast to them; 18K white gold poesy rings are a tad creamier.

You’ll see the naturally creamy color more under artificial light.  I’ve had clients take delivery of these rings and call me to report they received yellow gold.  All it takes it looking at the ring in a more natural light, near a window, skylight, or outdoors, and it’s easy to tell it is white gold.

In 14K white gold, these rings are the best match for our puzzle engagment rings, since both are not plated with rhodium, and the underlying 14K white gold alloy of one ring is very close to, if not identical, to that of the other style.

Custom poesy rings 14K
Your choice If you want a white gold custom poesy or custom design of any kind ring to go with a puzzle engagement ring, I recommend palladium, rather than white gold, to ensure the rings match.
Puzzle engagement or
puzzle wedding rings
14K only No As you can imagine, a plated puzzle ring would lose it’s plated finish at an alarming rate as you play with taking it apart and reassembling it.  For strength, we use only 14K gold in any color for puzzle rings, so I recommend you select a 14K wedding band to go with it.
Irish Celtic Wedding bands By default, yes.
Upon request, no.
The Irish Celtic wedding rings we carry have an unusually heavy rhodium finish, so it is more reliable than most. 

Additionally, you can opt to have your rings non-rhodium plated, by speaking with me or emailing me at Contact Us, at www.crystalrealm.com, on the left navigation bar.

If you want your Celtic wedding band to go with a puzzle engagement ring, then I recommend you select palladium or platinum. Palladium is a platinum family metal that ensures that both your puzzle ring and Celtic wedding band will match in white color.

Color of 18K white gold rings:  Usually when you see a 14K or 18K white gold ring in a jewelry store, that ring will be rhodium plated, so it will be bright white!  You won’t see the difference between them, as rhodium will make them the same color.  Rhodium is a platinum-family metal that is widely used in the modern jewelry industry but that is not used on any white gold poesy or puzzle rings on our site.  One reason is that our rings tend to be historical reproduction, and rhodium was not used in antiquity.  A reason we are not, in general, big fans of rhodium plating is that it has to be redone 1-3 times per year.  You can have a simple band replated by a local jeweler; it tends to run about $45.00 to $50.00 each time.  If you really want that bright-white look, then you can maintain it with replating.

The 14K WG of poesy rings has a slightly warmish cast to it, by comparison, and the 18K white gold is a creamier color.  It looks like white gold (although not the bright, dead white of plated rings) in natural light, but it looks warmer and creamier under most types of inside lighting.  It’s absolutely my favorite white gold!  It’s totally gorgeous, in my view!

Here’s an image of a ring shown in 18K white gold:  http://www.crystalrealm.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=271&p_catid=16

Part of the problem of trying to see small differences in colors online is that every computer monitor tends to have the color calibrated a little differently.  So what might look beautiful on one monitor could look dingy on another.

The difference in color between a 14KWG and an 18KWG poesy ring is not that great.  The difference between a rhodium-plated 18K white gold ring and a non-rhodium-plated WG ring is very pronounced.  So you might want to compare the ring under the link above to this one:

This is a platinum “yovrs onli” that is very white naturally, but closer in color to a rhodium plated white gold ring of any karat content:

Here is a link to a non-antiqued white gold “yovrs onli” in a bridal set, just so you can see how it looks.

2. These rings are not engraved on the inside – the lettering is actually cast in when the ring is made, so we can’t offer it blank on the inside.  There is a small space on the inside where you could likely have initials engraved – it’s about 3/8” wide.

Widths and Weights
Since these rings originate from hand-carved waxes, the width will vary by size and a little from year to year.  Each time a mold wears out, then a new wax must be carved, so that’s why widths can vary a little bit over time.  Plus, since all poesy rings are made in whole sizes and sized up for fractional sizes, the whole sizes generally run a little wider than half sizes. Following are some typical widths and weights.

Ring style Precious Metal of ring measured Size Weight – gm Width – mm Profile (thickness) mm
BR001R Yovrs Onli SS 6 2.9 3.9 1.74
BR001R Yovrs Onli 18KYG 7 4.4 4.6

BR001R Yovrs Onli 14K WG 7.5 3.6 3.88 1.5
BR001R Yovrs Onli 14K WG 8.5 4.5 4.5 1.65
BR001R Yovrs Onli SS 9 3.5 4.2 1.7

All this is to say that the size 8 could run about 4.2mm in width.

Another issue I’d like to mention is the sizing.  These rings are not made in regular U.S. sizes, so we offer a sizing gauge that matched poesy sizes precisely, and we can send it anywhere in the world.  If you haven’t had our sizer for your fiancé, please email me your address (or his, if he’s at a distance from you), and I’ll be glad to send out a sizer gauge.


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