5 Jul 2006 Svartalf   » (Journeyer)

Update on the white/yellow gold "story". Seems that Helzberg did an even 'cuter' thing with my wedding band... Instead of yellow gold accent inlays against a white gold (albeit grade 3) band, they took and used yellow gold on the crown, soldered a grade 3 white piece for the bottom where it'd normally see wear so it'd hold up better as a "white gold" piece and then Rhodium plated the pieces that were supposed to be "white gold". The reason why I say this is that upon closer inspection with magnification, it's very obvious now that it's just plated yellow gold on the crown and not white. Gotta wonder what's going through the discount jeweler's minds when they advertise this stuff- it's definitely a questionable practice (I'm not quite sure it's fraudulent, but it's awfully close if it's not...) to represent the work as "white gold" when it's like this. It's not THAT much more expensive materials cost wise to do this the "right" way- why be shaving a couple of dollars off of something that will definitely be found out and make for a lost customer that will tell other people?

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