22nd June 2018 Guides
Due to its similar looks, many people want to know the difference between white gold and platinum. However, what is often an overlooked option between yellow and white gold. What is the difference between yellow gold and white gold? What is white gold made from? Which is better? Here’s an explanation of the differences, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Yellow gold – or simply, gold – is a precious metal that occurs naturally. It’s a very soft metal and in its purest form, it bends easily out of shape. That’s why jewellers who use gold in jewellery need to mix it with harder alloy metals. These help to make the gold more durable and keep its shape. On the other hand, white gold doesn’t exist naturally. We make it from yellow gold that has been combined with white precious metal alloys like palladium and silver. These give the gold a paler colour, as well as more rigidity. Additionally, white gold is given a final coating with a rare, silvery-white metal called rhodium. It gives white gold its white, luminous sheen.
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