(Closed) question about white gold

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There are two main ways to make white gold.  The common one in the U.S. is to mix gold with nickel, which makes it kind of a warm gray.  This is then plated with rhodium to make it bright white.

 

The other way is to mix gold with palladium, which is less warm, so it’s not usually plated, but it also isn’t such a bright white at the end.

 

Post # 4
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3451 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

All golds including yellow are made up of gold and other alloys. Natural gold is gold colored.  There is no such thing as natural white gold or rose gold.   White gold is gold mixed with nickel, silver and/or other metals.  White golds are usually rhodium plated to give them a really white color.  When the rhodium wears off, the metal is still “white” just a warmer silver color.  The rhodium doesn’t flake off. There are white gold alloys that you can get that don’t need rhodium plating, one in particular is palladium white gold.  I actually prefer nonplated white gold. 🙂

 

Here’s a pic from moissaniteco that shows the comparisons.

 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

@MrsBlueSeptember:  That’s not bad! I was starting to get worried since i heard it looks warmer over time and had put a deposit on my wedding band (knew it was mixed to give it color, but never heard about dipping it in rhodium until recently) . Anyways i for some reason imagined it looking a really yellow gold and having to dip it in rhodium often but feel way better about my choice 🙂

Post # 7
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1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My husb has white gold and mine is yellow gold from the same jewelry collection. Husband’s white gold is suuuuuuuuuupppperrrrrrrrrrrrrr shiny and sparkly because of the cut…and gets commented often. White gold is shinier than platinum.

Post # 8
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1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The answer is it’s usually both. White gold is its own alloy, of gold and other metals that will react with it and make it less golden-colored. It usually still isn’t white enough for most people (certainly not as white as platinum or silver in most cases) and so it is then plated to appear whiter.

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