Other commonly used white gold alloys include copper, palladium, and silver. Out of all of the white gold alloys, palladium is the most luxurious. However, before you rush out and get a palladium white gold piece of jewelry, just keep in mind that it's also the most expensive!
If you’re surprised to learn that white gold has yellow gold in it, you’re not alone. Many people think that white gold is naturally white (but more on that below).
Another feature of white gold jewelry is that it has a rhodium plating, otherwise known as a rhodium coating.
So why does white gold need rhodium plating?
Due to the presence of yellow gold, without the rhodium plating, white gold has a yellow tinge. Adding a rhodium coating gives it a gorgeous, shiny white color.
This brings us to a very important consideration about white gold: the rhodium plating will come off over time. It’s completely normal for it to do so, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying!
Once you notice the yellow gold starting to show through, you’ll need to take it to a jewelry store to get replated. So if the thought of going into a jeweler once a year to replate your white jewelry sounds like a pain, it may be best to consider another type of metal instead.
Just like yellow gold, white gold also comes in different karats. Jewelers developed the karat system to distinguish between gold percentages in jewelry.
Here’s what different karats of white gold mean:
10K white gold means that the piece contains about 41.7% gold
14K white gold means that the piece contains 58.3% gold
18k white gold means that the piece contains 75% gold
As you can see, the higher the karats, the more gold a piece of jewelry contains. So 18K gold contains more gold than 14K gold, while 14K gold contains more than 10K gold.
Wondering why we left out 24 karat gold? Well, there's actually no such thing as 24 karat gold in terms of white gold (nor rose gold, for that matter)!
This is because 24 karat gold represents pure gold. Pure gold describes gold that doesn’t have any additional metals in it. As white and rose gold are made by mixing metals, there is no way they can be considered pure gold.
Is white gold a good choice for my engagement ring or wedding ring?
Your engagement ring and wedding ring are two of the most sentimental pieces of jewelry you’ll ever own.
Whether you’re looking at more luxurious options with pavé diamonds or simpler designs, you’ll want to pick a precious metal for your rings that is both stylish and durable.
White gold ticks both of these boxes.
One thing you should keep in mind, though, is whether your engagement ring and wedding ring will complement one another.
For example, do you want both to be white gold? Or do you want one white gold ring and one platinum ring? Give these considerations some thought before committing to a white gold engagement ring or wedding ring.
It’s also worth looking at other types of gold jewelry to see if white gold really is the color of gold for you.
Where can I buy white gold jewelry?
Many jewelers stock white gold jewelry, so you won’t have trouble finding plenty of options to choose from.
The hard part will be finding a piece of white gold jewelry that aligns with your taste and budget.
Platinum is probably the most obvious choice of a white gold alternative.
White gold and platinum are often confused for one another due to their similar looks.
However, they have several differences. For example, platinum is naturally white. In contrast, white gold isn't a pure white metal, as its white color is made when gold is mixed with other metals.
Platinum jewelry is also rarer and, therefore, more expensive.
To put this into perspective, a diamond ring with platinum prongs will typically set you back thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. However, you’ll be able to find many diamond rings with white gold bands for a few hundred dollars.
If platinum is too pricey, sterling silver jewelry is another excellent alternative.
At Blush & Bar, we make no secret of our love of sterling silver jewelry. It’s just so easy to create an effortlessly sophisticated look with a sterling silver ring or two. Plus, high-quality sterling silver pieces are hypoallergenic and ultra-durable.
At Blush & Bar, we have a beautiful range of sterling silver rings. Not only do they look great, but they’re also super affordable.
Yes, of course, you can! In fact, at Blush & Bar, we encourage our customers to experiment with different metal combinations.
For example, white gold looks amazing with rose gold. If you’d like to try this look, try stacking a white gold ring on top of a rose gold ring, or pair a white gold ring with a rose gold necklace.
White gold and yellow gold are another oh-so-glam combination. There’s no denying that yellow gold has been one of this year’s biggest accessories trends.
So why not try the trend for yourself? If you want to turn heads, wear white gold earrings with a yellow gold ring. Or, for a classy option, pair a white gold bangle with a stack of yellow gold rings.
White gold is a gorgeous color of gold that gives off a timeless feel.
It’s stylish and affordable and works well with other types of gold, including yellow gold and rose gold.
If you’re interested in similar-looking metals, there are many white gold alternatives you can look into, such as sterling silver and platinum.
But for all positives, it’s worth remembering that white gold will need to be replated every year or so, which can cost around $100 a pop.
So if you’re looking for a special piece of jewelry that you won’t need to spend too much time maintaining, why not consider a yellow gold, rose gold, or sterling silver jewelry piece from Blush & Bar?
Each original piece in our jewelry collection is designed with love and made with the highest-quality precious metals. So what are you waiting for? Browse our collection today!