Sterling silver vs. White gold

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

emilyluwest:  I think it depends. If it is a super dainty silver ring, it might not hold up as well as gold . . . can you post a pic of it and maybe there is something similar out there in white gold?

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Sterling silver is a softer metal, so chances are good the shank will dent or conform to the shape of your finger over time. It also will tarnish if it is not rhodium plated. I would take that into consideration, b/c it will need to be polished with an anti-tarnish cloth frequently, otherwise it will start to look black (tarnish). Polishing it is quick and easy though, but doesn’t change the fact that it is a softer metal. I would go with white gold if it was me 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

When my FI and I decided it was appropriate for us to get engaged, he didn’t have a job so he didn’t have a lot of money. When picking out my ring, I pretty much had to decide: sterling silver and diamonds or white gold with cz. I chose the sterling silver, and let me tell you- it was the WRONG choice. My ring has so many little scratches and dents in it, including a big scratch in the metal right near my center stone. We’re going to upgrade my ring next year for our 1 year anniversary of marriage, but I wish I would have gone with white gold in the beginning. And to note, my ring isn’t super dainty – it’s framed with shanks and is pretty durable-looking, but the sterling silver just doesn’t hold up. I would go with white gold.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I can’t even wear sterling silver, my skin reacts to it and makes it tarnish badly even if it’s expensive. 🙁 Plus I found out white gold held up sooo much better in terms of dents and shine.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Just keep in mind that white gold needs to be rhodium plated on occasion as well. It will start to turn slightly grey or yellowy over time (usually the shank does this first from coming into contact with hand lotions and oils). White gold is treated to maintain the bright white look. The only way to escape maintainence is to go with platinum…of course the most expensive..Grrr! Platinum never changes color. It is a true white metal. I have some white gold rings and I just take them to be periodically re-rhodium dipped. It is inexpensive ($40 here) and only needs to be done once a year if you wear it every day and don’t like the look of dull/turning white gold. Some people intentionally leave the white gold to “turn” to get a vintage look to their piece. Have fun ring shopping!!! 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

And by “turn” I don’t mean it turns black like sterling silver does when it oxidizes. It is much less obvious than that. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would go with white gold, however in terms of scratching I don’t notice any more scratches on my sterling silver rings than my white gold ones. I always take off my engagement ring before doing anything potentially harmful to them anyway. If you don’t plan on doing anything strenuous while wearing them, I don’t see any problem with getting sterling silver.

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