White gold jewelry offers an affordable alternative to platinum and for a stunning white metal look white gold rope chain necklaces, white gold pendants, white gold rings, white gold charm bracelets and white gold hoop earrings make a striking statement! Simply click on the images for more information about these stunning 14k and 18k white gold jewelry items.
White gold jewelry (jewellery) has long been a “hot trend” in the fashion industry. It combines the luxury of solid gold with the white tones of silver. Because of this, white gold jewerly has become very popular amongst people with cool skin tones who do not suit yellow gold jewelry as well as with those people who just prefer the look of white metal jewelry.
White gold jewelry is made from white gold, which is still real gold! Because gold metal is quite a soft metal it cannot be used to make fine jewelry just as it is. Instead it needs to be alloyed with other metals and it is the color and proportions of the metal alloy which determines the different gold colors. In white gold jewelry, the gold is alloyed with a white metal, such as silver. This is why white gold jewelry has a beautiful reflective white shine and luxurious texture.
The percentage of alloy to gold dictates the resultant quality of the gold. For example, 18k white gold jewelry is 75% pure gold because it contains 18 parts in 24 of pure gold and 6 parts in 24 of the white metal alloy. 14k white gold jewelry is 58.5% pure gold, containing 14 parts out of 24 of pure gold and 10 parts our of 24 of white metal alloy.
In certain cases, typically where the proportion of white metal alloy is relatively low and the proportion of pure yellow gold relatively high, as in higher grade 18k and 22k gold jewelry, the whiteness of the gold jewelry may not be as white as required. In this case, white gold jewelry pieces may be rhodium plated to enhance the white appearance. Rhodium plating is expensive and is only applied to the very finest jewelry pieces, such as white gold engagement rings and eternity rings and white gold wedding bands.
White gold jewelry must be cleaned gently so as not to disturb any rhodium plating, but with wear may still yellow as the plating wears off. If this happens, your white gold jewerly may need to be replated, which can be simply undertaken by any reputable jeweler. So buy now with confidence. Click on the images above for more details of specific pieces and enjoy wearing fine white gold jewelry!