Among your options for white metals is the ever-popular white gold. This metal is one of the top contenders for engagement and wedding ring materials due to its silvery shine and durable nature. eWedding Bands gives you plenty of white gold rings to choose from, but before you decide on one, take a look at some things to know about this alloy.
What Makes Up White Gold?
Traditional gold, as everyone knows, is yellow. So to give you the other two gold options—white and rose—you have to add some other metals to the mix. For white gold, yellow gold can be mixed with either zinc, copper, silver, nickel, or palladium. But to achieve the true white shine, the final metal is coated with rhodium.
When you mix gold with other metals, you strengthen it to withstand the day-to-day wear and tear a wedding ring receives. Gold on its own is incredibly soft, but with some reinforcement from other materials, it makes the perfect choice for your engagement ring.
However, you still have options when it comes to the gold content in your ring. White gold comes in 18K, 14K, and 10K varieties. Each option refers to the amount of pure gold in the metal alloy out of 24 parts. For example, 18K white gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts another metal.
What Should You Know?
While white gold is a durable metal, it can still experience wear and tear. This can be in different forms:
- Your ring can become scratched or dented and require buffing or polishing to recover its smooth surface.
- Your ring may become thin and require an addition of more metal to restore it to its original form.
- Your ring may lose its coating and become yellow-tinted.
You may wonder if this is a cause for pause or concern. However, the maintenance for these rings is simple and fast. It will be a lot of years before you have to even think about having your ring replated or buffed. So even though white gold does require a bit more maintenance than other options, like platinum, the maintenance is infrequent.
When comparing white gold to other metals, you can also keep in mind that white gold is a less expensive option than metals like palladium and platinum, making it a great choice for luxury on a budget.
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