Gold jewelry comes in three colors; yellow, white, and rose gold. However, yellow is the original color of gold.

As a jewelry lover, you may have wondered, 'Can you change a yellow gold ring to white gold?' The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because the process of turning yellow gold to white is doable, and no, because the technique may backfire. Rhodium is a type of metal jewelers use to turn yellow gold into white gold. Sometimes, rhodium plating does not work out.

What is Rhodium Plating?

Also known as rhodium flashing, rhodium plating increases the luster, durability, and light reflection of pieces of jewelry made from other metals like gold.

Rhodium is a rare, durable white metal used to plate other pieces or jewelry or turn rings white. Rhodium is so rare that it can be up to 25 times more expensive than gold. Rhodium element, a type of platinum metal, is silver-hued, does not rust, and is highly reflective. Rhodium is harder than gold. It is these qualities that make rhodium way more expensive than gold.

However, don't expect to see this metal made into jewelry anytime soon as the metal is very brittle and can't be easily shaped into any piece of jewelry. It breaks as easily as glass. Thus, it's used in plating other metals such as yellow gold to make white gold.

What Is White Gold Made Of?

As mentioned above, gold is naturally yellow. So, what is white gold? White gold is made by mixing pure gold (yellow gold), and white metal likes rhodium. The more the karats in the white gold, the more refined it appears.

The best forms of the white gold range are those with 10 to 18 karats. Since white gold is made using durable white metals like rhodium, it lasts longer than yellow gold. It is also this reason that makes white gold high quality and thus more desirable than yellow gold.


From the information above, it is possible to turn your favorite yellow gold ring into white gold. Just be sure to get qualified jewelers like us to do the job for you.

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