Classy look, Fair price….. a white gold diamond engagement ring is just right..
A white gold diamond engagement ring certainly looks the part.
It is classy, wears well and doesn’t rust….it even have some of the luster of platinum, but where do you get white gold from?
Since pure yellow gold is too soft to be of use in the jewelery industry, it is normally mixed in to an alloy of white metal.
It is normally mixed with silver or palladium to make it harder and more durable. and 25% silver or palladium.
White gold has mainly been an alloy of 18 carat Yellow gold and Nickel.
The main disadvantage being that Nickel commonly causes dermatitis, through allergic reactions with the skin.
We certainly don’t want your fianc’s skin peeling off due to wearing your expensive gift; do we now?
White gold rings can also be coated with Rhodium which shares many properties with Platinum.
Rhodium is highly resistant to corrosion, and is extremely reflective.
It is also 5 times more expensive than Platinum that’s why its used as a coating and not to make the actual ring.
Having said this, if you do want a rhodium ring and not a coating, all you have to do is say so and it will be made for you.
Am sure your jeweler will be more than happy to sort it out for you.
The rhodium plating is used to make the white gold look whiter as its normal color is greyish.
Even though Rhodium is white and very hard, it eventually wears away.
To keep a white gold diamond engagement ring looking its best, it should be re-plated with Rhodium each 12 to 18 months.
Your local jeweler should be able to re-plate your ring at a fair price.
If you happen to be looking for an engagement ring but your budget is limited, consider shopping for a white gold diamond ring.
As long as you know about any allergies your bride to be might have, you’re good to go!