All about white gold
What is white gold?
White gold 750 thousandths (18 carats) is an alloy of gold and several metals (gold with palladium, zinc or copper).
In general, jewelers often refer to “white gold” (or white gold) because its natural tone is more like silver, with more shine and durability.
In order to give it its final shine and light color, the surface of white gold is usually plated with a layer of rhodium. We go from a "champagne" color to a beautiful silver / bright white.Here are some examples of known white gold alloys:
- Composition of 20kt white gold (833/1000): 83,3% Fine gold + 16,7 %% Palladium
- Composition of 18kt white gold (750/1000): 75% Fine Gold + 18,5% Silver + 1% Copper + 5,5% Zinc
- Composition of 14kt white gold (583/1000): 58,3% Fine Gold + 17% Silver + 17% Copper + 7,7% Zinc
Why choose white gold?
Why is white gold so popular?
White gold is suitable for almost all stones and its neutral color allows it to highlight all the nuances of colors that can be found in precious stones and semi-precious stones or pearls.
White gold is easy to wear. Its discreet color makes it the metal of choice for people who are not used to wearing jewelry. It adapts to any clothing. White gold is the most resistant metal, thanks to the thin layer of rhodium plating which guarantees extremely high hardness and high resistance to scratches.
Therefore, it is very suitable for clumsy people!
Why does white gold turn yellow?
The reason for the yellowing of white gold rings is not due to the dirt or even the aging of the gold, but to the rhodium coating which eventually becomes damaged and disappears.
Abrasion and impact will gradually remove fragments of the ring's rhodium coating, revealing the natural color of the ring's gold.
To solve this problem, it is enough to take the jewel to a professional who, after having cleaned and polished the jewel, will deposit a new layer of rhodium on it to give it back its new appearance.
If you wish to re-rhodium a piece of jewelry, we invite you to Contact us.
Each rhodium plating requires polishing to remove a thin layer of metal from your jewel: to avoid weakening it, we recommend that you do not repeat rhodium plating more than once every 2 years.
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