Polished edges and a polished center groove add the perfect amount of shine to this white and yellow gold ring. The raised center gives this ring a layered design and adds a bold pop of color with the yellow gold. What really makes this ring stand out, though, is the hammer-finish center.
A comfort-fit design is simple and effective. We add a little extra metal to the inside of the ring to give the interior surface a domed shape. The domed shape is similar to the shape of the outside of a domed wedding band.
The slight dome helps the ring glide over your finger and fit over knuckles. As such, comfort fit is highly recommended for those with bigger knuckles.
With a comfort fit, the size of the ring also fits looser, which means you should verify the correct size before you buy.
You can have a textured, edgy ring when you choose a band with a hammer finish. This finish has organized dents that look like dings from a hammer. The surface of the ring has dips and ridges that work together to add dimension and style.
White gold is a gold alloy that is dipped in a rhodium plating, which is what gives it its bright white color. The pure gold is mixed with copper, zinc, and nickel and has a similar durability level as yellow gold.
White gold is prone to scratches like yellow and rose gold, but it can also fade and turn slightly yellow as the rhodium plating wears off. Because of this, a white gold ring will need regular replating as well as polishing to retain its white shine.
The price of white gold depends on the gold content, but it is usually about the same as yellow or rose gold.
Yellow gold is what you typically picture when you think of gold. It is a rich yellow metal that is fairly soft, which means it has to be mixed with other metals to make it durable enough for everyday wear. Gold alloys are determined by karats (not to be confused with carat, or diamond weight). The higher the karat, the higher the gold content—out of 24 karats. So 18K gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts another material (usually a mix of copper, zinc, and silver).
The durability of gold depends on the karat, with higher karat gold being softer and more prone to scratches. This means that 10K gold is the most durable gold option. However, all gold jewelry will need to be polished regularly to buff out scratches and dings.
The price of gold also depends on the karat. High gold content is more expensive than low gold content. However, gold jewelry is generally much more affordable than platinum and palladium.