An In Depth Look At White Gold Engagement Rings
When people think of gold they usually think of yellow gold; maybe images of King Tutankhamun’s famous mask come to mind, or perhaps pictures of denim-clad California miners toting chisels and pans flash in the mind’s eye. What a lot of people don’t realize is that gold (the metal) can come in a number of colors including yellow gold, rose gold, green gold, and white gold. While yellow gold has traditionally been the most popular color when it comes to gold, white gold has significantly increased in popularity in the last 20 to 30 years. In fact, demand for white gold engagement rings continues to rise.
White gold and yellow gold have the same properties, but they get their difference in color due to different metals that are mixed with the gold. Yellow gold gets its color from being mixed with copper and silver; white gold gets its color from being mixed with nickel or zinc, sometimes even platinum. On occasion, when an even whiter appearance is desired, the white gold will be plated with rhodium, a very rare member of the platinum family. Plating of this type is especially common in white gold engagement rings.
Since white gold is made by mixing various alloys, the color of white gold does vary slightly. Depending on what it is added it may have a warmer or cooler appearance. As mentioned above, plating also plays a large role in the whiteness of the gold.
Despite the similarity in appearance, white gold is not to be confused with silver or platinum. White gold is considered more rare than silver and less rare than platinum. Each of these metals also handle differently from one another, especially when used for jewelry. If you are on the market for an engagement ring, it is a good idea to investigate all the details of the metals you are considering: hardness, malleability, color, alloys used, potential allergens and more.
White gold was originally fashioned in order to give the look of jewelry more variety. Today it is used in jewelry alone as well as in combination with yellow gold, which gives it a stunning appearance known as “two-tone.” The white color is also exquisite for setting exceptionally white diamonds; this of course has contributed to the growing trend of white gold rings.
Are you a bride-to-be hunting for your perfect ring? Are you about to pop the big question and are in the market for white gold engagement rings in Sacramento? If so, you’re in luck because Adam’s Jewelers in Roseville, California has an incredible selection of white and yellow gold engagement rings. Swing by today to find the perfect ring for yourself or that special someone in your life.
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