Will Sterling silver scratch white gold?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
35 posts

silver will scratch the gold, but honestly gold will scratch gold too. The only way to avoid the ring being scratched is to have them soldered together so they don’t twist and rub against eachother. 

Post # 3
4259 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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georgiapeach13 :  My concern with sterling silver would be losing its shine or tarnishing. My wedding set is white gold and I’ve never had it re-dipped (I don’t plan to) and my rings are still quite shiny with minimal cleaning efforts. On the other hand, my sterling silver jewelry requires more TLC and can still look dull after cleanings sometimes. Polishing might help, but again, that just highlights how much more work sterling silver is. But if it’s temporary then none of this may be an issue for you.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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georgiapeach13 :  sterling silver will not scratch gold, it is a softer metal, gold with scratch silver. You want you wedding band yo last though and you can get a 10k gold wedding band for under $100 if you just shop around. Berricle has one for $65 USD and I got both my 10k bands from Ebay, one for $100 CAD and one for $60 CAD


Post # 5
1429 posts
Bumble bee

I have a silver engagement ring and a rose gold wedding band. So basically the opposite of you. Depending on the karat weight of the gold, silver and gold are about the same hardness. There are some differences in the maleability that make one able to scratch another, but it won’t be something that you will notice in the year you have your ring. If there are no pave stones then it’s very unlikely that your rings will rub significantly against one another in such a short period of time.

It’s also likely that your white gold ring has rhodium on it. This will make your engagement ring significantly sturdier than your wedding ring.

Finally, silver doens’t tarnish as much when it is worn. The rubbing of your hands on the ring is basically like polishing it. And newering alloys of silver are less prone to tarnishing than old ones. So I think you should be fine.

Post # 6
7979 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Your white gold is likely rhodium plated, which is very strong. The white gold will be the one scratching the silver band. Silver jewellery worn regularly doesnt really tarnish either. Your skin oils keep that at bay. It’s more of an issue for little worn/used pieces. 

I have a few silver rings and I like to stack them with my white gold. I can’t really tell a difference with the colours, and its nice to change it up every now and then!

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