Gold is a highly workable and long-lasting metal that is popularly used as settings for engagement rings and wedding rings. In lieu of the traditional yellow gold wedding rings, more couples are now choosing white gold for their wedding jewellery. Like other white metals, this cool option looks beautiful when paired with either clear colourless diamonds or fancy coloured gemstones.
If you are interested in purchasing wedding rings in white gold, here are some basic information about this metal to help you make an educated decision on whether to join the trend or skip it:
The appearance of white gold is similar to platinum and sterling silver.
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White gold, platinum, and sterling silver are popular choices for wedding jewellery metals because they share similar elegant appearances perfect for these fine trinkets. But, the highly durable platinum also comes with an extravagant price tag. Sterling silver is the more affordable alternative, but this metal is too soft as a band for diamonds and requires frequent polishing as it tends to tarnish easily.
So if you have to choose any of these white or silvery metals for your wedding rings, choose white gold for the uncompromising visual beauty of each piece because it appears just as luxurious as platinum but does not break the bank and does not tarnish easily, which also makes it a low maintenance option.
The purity of a white gold is measured in karats.
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A karat, that unit of measurement used for gold’s purity, is about 1/24 part of a pure gold by weight. Pure gold is designated as 24 karats. An 18 karat gold consists of 75 percent gold and 25 percent of other metals, while a 12 karat gold is composed of 50 percent pure gold and 50 percent of other metals.
A 24 karat gold or 22 karat gold is not preferred for jewellery because it is very malleable and easily gets bent out of shape. Even though it comes with a premium price tag, it is easily scratched and dented. This is why gold jewellery is made with other alloys or mixed with other metals.
White gold is created by mixing white metals such as silver, copper, nickel, palladium, and manganese with 24 karat gold. It is also typically plated with rhodium to harden the surface and improve its shine.
So, for women who are looking for high purity in gold jewellery, the 14 karat or 18 karat white gold is recommended. Drop by Certified Diamond Network in Sydney, Australia, for an ample collection of 14 karat and 18 karat white gold engagement rings and wedding rings that you can choose from.
White gold is an ideal choice for diamonds.
For diamond engagement rings, you want the stone to be emphasized so you have to pick a metal setting that highlights the gem. White gold provides the perfect setting to focus on the fire and brilliance of colourless diamonds as well as the vibrancy of fancy coloured gem stones. White gold is top recommended metal for women’s wedding rings with colourless diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.
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If you have a lower grade diamond or a pale coloured diamond for the center stone, a yellow gold or a rose gold band are better options. Yellow gold is able to bring out the yellowish hue of a lower grade colourless diamond. A rose gold setting softens the appearance of diamonds with a colour grade of M through Z. You can even opt for a white gold band with yellow gold or rose gold prongs for diamonds with a low colour grade.