Traditionally jewelry has been frequently used for many important occasions like engagements, weddings, and anniversaries and even used for casual wear. For people who wish to wear jewelry on such occasions, white and yellow gold jewelry presents a simple, elegant and modern outlook. But it’s all about your choice and what you prefer.
Here are some facts you’d like to know about yellow & white gold:
Facts about Yellow Gold:
- Yellow gold is unmistakably gold. This may sound like an understatement, but when you wear yellow gold, it will not be mistaken for another metal, such as silver or titanium.
- When looking at white gold versus yellow gold, one advantage of yellow gold is that it will retain its color and will never need to be re-plated.
- Yellow gold rings are not alloyed with nickel and are not known to cause skin allergies or dermatitis. Rather, yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with alloy metals like zinc or copper.
- Yellow gold is also one of the most malleable metals in the world, which makes it is perfect for crafting into elaborate designs without putting too much stress on the metal.
- Pure yellow gold is actually very soft – too soft to be used in jewelry on its own, so it is usually combined with other metals, or alloys, to make it stronger and harder-wearing.
Facts about White Gold:
- White gold has the same brilliance as yellow gold, only it has a silvery white color
- White gold is often preferable because it complements every skin tone, but white gold doesn’t occur naturally; it must be alloyed with “white” metals in order to get its white color.
- Some people are allergic to the nickel that is sometimes alloyed with gold to “whiten” it, but more designers are making their white gold rings “nickel-free”. Other possible whiteners include palladium, platinum, chromium, cobalt, tin, zinc, and indium.
- White gold rings are coated with rhodium plating which will wear off over time, requiring a trip to the jeweler for re-plating. The nice part about this is that a new coat of rhodium makes the ring look brand new again.
- Looking at white gold versus yellow gold in terms of cost, white gold is often more expensive than yellow gold because it requires more processing.