Can You Change a Yellow Gold Ring to White Gold?

Hello, dear jewelry enthusiasts and seekers of timeless elegance! Have you ever wondered, "Can I change my yellow gold ring to white gold?" Maybe your style has evolved, or perhaps you're looking to match your ring with other pieces of white gold jewelry. Whatever the reason, you're in luck because today, we're diving into this fascinating topic, just for you!

Here at Marci Jewelry, we've been helping customers like you celebrate life's milestones with exquisite jewelry since 1971. And today, we're putting our years of expertise to good use to help you understand the pros, cons, and methods involved in transforming yellow gold to white gold. So let's get started!

What are Yellow Gold and White Gold?

Yellow Gold

  • Composition and Appearance: Primarily composed of gold mixed with alloy metals like copper and zinc.
  • Popular Uses: Traditional wedding rings, timeless jewelry pieces.

White Gold

  • Composition and Appearance: Gold combined with alloy metals like palladium, silver, or nickel.
  • Popular Uses: Modern engagement rings, contemporary jewelry.

Key Differences

  • Alloys Used: Different alloy metals give each type its distinct color.
  • Color: Yellow gold has a warmer hue, while white gold has a cooler, silvery appearance.
  • Durability: Generally, white gold is more durable due to the alloys used.

Methods to Change Yellow Gold to White Gold

Rhodium Plating

  • What It Is: A process that involves coating the yellow gold with a layer of rhodium.
  • How It's Done: The ring is cleaned and prepared before applying the rhodium coating.
  • Lifespan of Plating: Typically lasts 6 to 18 months, depending on wear and tear.
  • Cost: Varies, but it's generally a cost-effective option.

Re-casting the Ring

  • What It Is: Melting the yellow gold and mixing it with white gold alloys.
  • Pros and Cons: It offers a permanent solution but could be costly and may affect the ring's sentimental value.
  • Cost: This is usually a more expensive option.

Metal Exchange

  • What It Is: Trading in your yellow gold ring for a white gold version.
  • Pros and Cons: Quick and straightforward but may involve additional costs and emotional considerations.
  • Cost: Usually involves paying the price difference between the two metals.

Pros and Cons of Changing the Color


  • Achieve a refreshed, trendy appearance.
  • Excellent for matching with other pieces in your collection.
  • Allows you to follow current fashion trends.


  • Potential loss of sentimental value.
  • Costs associated with the transformation.
  • Rhodium plating requires periodic maintenance.

Important Considerations

Before making the change, consult our expert jewelers to discuss:

  • Financial Aspects: Initial cost and future maintenance.
  • Structural Integrity: Make sure the process doesn’t harm the gemstone settings.
  • Sentimental Value: Weigh the emotional attachment to the original item.

Real-Life Case Studies

Over the years, we've had many satisfied customers who have opted for this transformation. Our high referral rate of 90% stands as a testament to the satisfaction of our customers, friends, and family.


Changing a yellow gold ring to white gold is definitely possible, and the method you choose will depend on your personal preferences and circumstances. With our "you dream it, we'll create it" motto, Marci Jewelry offers custom engagement rings and unique custom jewelry in Bellevue, WA.

Ready to transform your yellow gold ring into a piece of white gold elegance? Make an appointment or contact us for a personalized consultation tailored to your needs. 

As a family business established in 1971, Marci Jewelry prides itself on offering certified diamonds and exquisite jewelry for all budgets. Our passion is your satisfaction, and we can't wait to help you on your jewelry journey!