My Wedding Ring Is Turning Yellow – What To Do

By Mackenzie •  Updated: 11/09/21 •  3 min read

If you have recently gotten married, you will be glad to know that your wedding ring is no longer just a simple piece of jewelry. It has become a symbol of your marriage and has also become an important piece of jewelry. However, it can only last for so long and after several years, the ring may start to lose its color and get dull. What can you do about this? If your wedding ring is yellowing, you should definitely not ignore it as this could cause a lot of damage to the ring in the long run. This article will help you learn how to prevent yellowing and also how to remove yellowing from your wedding ring.

How Does Yellowing Occur?

When you first get married, the gold or silver of your wedding ring may turn bright and shiny but after several years, it may start turning yellowish-brown or greyish-brown in color due to oxidation. Oxidation occurs when oxygen from the air gets absorbed into the metal which causes the gold or silver to change color. If left untreated, this can lead to cracks in the metal which can cause the stone on top of the ring to break off as well as damage to other parts of the band. This is why it is important to learn how to prevent yellowing and also how to remove yellowing from your wedding ring.

How To Prevent Yellowing From Occurring

Preventing yellowing from occurring is actually very easy and can be done with a few simple steps. You can prevent yellowing by:

Taking the ring off when you are not wearing it

One of the best ways to prevent yellowing from occurring is to ensure that you remove your wedding ring before you go to sleep. While this may seem like a small step, it is actually a very important one. The ring should not be in contact with your skin for any length of time as this can cause the ring to become discolored.

Taking care of your hands

If you have just gotten married, it is likely that you are still wearing your wedding band while doing housework or even doing yard work but this can be damaging for the band and also cause yellowing to occur. In order to prevent yellowing from occurring, it is important that you wear gloves while doing household chores such as cleaning or gardening. You should also wear gloves when working on cars or doing other outdoor activities where you may come into contact with dirt and grime.

Avoid using harsh chemicals on your hands

Also, you should avoid using harsh chemicals in your house as this can damage the surface of the ring which could lead to yellowing as well. When it comes to washing dishes, washing clothes or doing other household chores, make sure that you use gentle soap and water only. Using harsh chemicals on your hands will not only damage your skin but also damage the surface of your wedding band and cause it to turn yellow.

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Mackenzie is a freelance writer with over ten years of experience writing on all things weddings. She received her BA in English from the University of California in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing about weddings, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids (twin boys) exploring the beautiful California countryside. While in nature, she captures picturesque images of mountain lakes, the beach, and more. Mackenzie is also a pet parent to two Siamese cats. She appreciates their individuality and the fact they pretty independent. But they love to snuggle at the end of day, which is one of the things Mackenzie enjoys in the evenings to relax after a busy day at work.