Many people will probably think of the traditional engagement ring as being in yellow gold, but actually white gold has an almost as rich history.
Goldsmiths discovered that by using a white metal in the production of an engagement ring, the diamond came into its own in a very different way than in ordinary gold rings something that most people today agree on, and as such white gold is a popular choice when buying wedding and In the beginning they used platinum to manufacture these white metal engagement rings. The only problem was that platinum was and is hugely expensive, so Vintage engagement rings it was not a realistic option for most people. For this reason it was necessary to find alternative ways to achieve the desired white color.
In the early 1900s many attempted to find the right formula for white gold to replace the expensive platinum. The first formula for white gold made?? (Nickel and palladium) was patented in 1915 by the German chemist Karl Richter, and in 1920 the Belais brothers patented a different composition (gold, nickel and zinc).
White gold can thus be produced by combining the common yellow gold with a variety of white metals. There is no single recipe. Common to all engagement rings white gold, however, is that they are plated with rhodium, a white metal. Although rhodium is very hard, it will be worn out in time, and the ring may eventually get a yellowish tinge. Therefore it is recommended that you get a ring re-rhodanised approx. once a year.
Engagement rings white gold – why not just choose silver?
When you look at pictures of engagement rings white gold you will soon notice that they look like silver rings. And it’s true even though white gold is made of gold?? it has of course been stripped of its yellow color, so it looks silver-ish. Then you might as well just choose silver, some will think. Silver is also cheaper!
There may be very good reasons to choose silver instead of white gold, but it is still important to understand that the price is not the only difference between these two metals.
Further up the page you can read more about the invention and manufacturing of white gold, but basically, white gold is made of plain yellow gold and several white metals. The resulting mixture is typically 9 or 14 parts gold out of 24 parts in total.
Sterling silver, which is the type of silver used to make jewelery is made of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, such as copper. Pure silver is very soft and is therefore impractical for the production of jewelry, but also sterling silver alloy is quite soft. This means the silver engagement rings are more susceptible to scratches and shock. Silver rings will be deformed easily.
In contrast, white gold is a harder metal, and will thus remain nice for a long time. Pure gold is as pure silver very soft and therefore a higher carat also means a softer metal. At Petra Gems we have chosen to shop with 8 and 14 carat gold and white gold.
And this is the core of it: You choose white gold because it keeps its shape and remains nice longer. Are you just buying ordinary jewelry, it can indeed be just fine with silver, as these jewelry need not be used every day for the rest of your lives.
When it comes to an engagement ring, it is a different matter. Many want to use their engagement ring every day for many years to come, and then it’s important to get something that holds true.
And here the answer is gold or another hard metal.