White Gold Wedding Rings – A Review
Your wedding ring, much like your marriage, is designed to stand the test of time. So if you want to make sure you choose a wedding ring that ages well, and never goes out of style, opting for one of the most popular precious metals (gold, silver or platinum) is a solid bet.
But your options are more varied than this, as gold is actually available in a number of different shades: namely rose, yellow and white gold.
We’ll take a closer look at the last of these, white gold, to help you decide if this is the best option for you.
What is the difference between white gold and yellow or rose gold?
Pure gold is not used in jewellery design. That’s because this precious metal is actually very soft, and would be unsuitable for high-end jewellery, which is built to last.
To make sure your purchase remains true, pure gold is mixed together with other metals, in various amounts. And depending on the kind of metal, and the amount of metal mixed in with the pure gold, you’ll end up with a different shade of gold.
To create white gold, one needs to mix pure gold with metals like silver, palladium or nickel. With more pure gold in the mixture, you’ll end up with a larger karat weight. White gold engagement rings are typically available in karat weights of 9, 14 and 18.
And due to the kinds of metals that are mixed in to make white gold, these wedding bands are actually more durable than other shades of gold.
Does white gold require special care?
But purchasing a wedding ring isn’t a once-off cost. Depending on your choice of material, your wedding band might require routine cleaning, or replating to keep it looking bright and new.
White gold owes its gleaming light colour in part to rhodium plating. And after a while, your white gold wedding band might start to look more yellow. When this happens, you’ll need to take your ring back into the jeweller to be replated.
Fortunately, this process is relatively inexpensive, and you should not have trouble finding a jeweller to service your wedding band. Some jewellers will even provide this service for free!
And despite this potential for an added cost, white gold is still more affordable than platinum, which is currently the most popular of the lighter precious metals. And to the naked eye, these two metals are difficult to tell apart. So you’ll have the advantage of a high-quality, expensive finish without the cost.
Is white gold hypoallergenic?
Since wedding bands are worn all of the time, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t choose a metal that will irritate your skin. White gold can be a risky choice due to the other metals that are mixed into the alloy. For example, nickel is a common irritant. The good news is that it is possible to purchase white gold without nickel in it.
With that in mind, we think that white gold is a pretty good option for someone looking for a lighter, and more contemporary wedding band. Take a look at our white gold wedding bands today.