(Closed) Will sterling silver scratch white gold? (or vice versa?)

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
4250 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

The gold will scratch the silver.

Post # 3
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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thessely:  I could be wrong, but I’m fairly certain that the silver will scratch the gold. I think that silver is a ‘harder’ metal than a gold alloy, so if you wear two rings side by side (one silver, one gold) or put a gold ring on a silver chain around your neck, you run the risk of the gold getting marked. 

It’s probably fine for occasional wear, but I wouldn’t deliberately purchase rings to be worn together from different materials (i.e. an engagement ring and a wedding band). 

White gold jewellery is often rhodium dipped, which provides an extra layer of protection, but I still wouldn’t do it too often. 

Post # 4
174 posts
Blushing bee

Yes the silver can scratch the gold. However I’ve been wearing a silver and cz bubble band next to my white gold and diamond e ring and I don’t see anything bad happening. 

Post # 5
9255 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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thessely:  You’re getting different answers because it depends on the alloys involved. Pure gold and pure silver have the same hardness so won’t scratch each other. But neither is used in their pure state for jewelry, so the hardness of the piece of jewelry depends on what the gold and silver are alloyed with. If one is mixed with harder other metals, or more of the hard other metals, then that one will be harder and able to scratch the other. Most gold jewelry will be a tiny bit harder than most silver jewelry, but not always, and not enough to make a difference for normal wear.

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