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White Gold Diamond Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

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When looking for the perfect engagement ring, there are a few major decisions to make, including the type of center stone you prefer and the metal of the band. White gold diamond engagement rings are a popular choice for good reason: white gold is aesthetically pleasing, versatile, and relatively simple to maintain.

What Exactly Is White Gold?

White gold is a gold alloy containing at least one other white metal, such as palladium, nickel, zinc, copper, or silver.

A very thin layer of rhodium gives white gold its signature silvery white hue. When gold is mixed with another white metal, the resulting color is still a dull gray to brownish-yellow, necessitating rhodium plating to achieve a white luster.

Pros and Cons of White Gold Diamond Engagement Rings

One of the most significant advantages of a white gold ring is that the band is a neutral, silvery color that will not interfere with the center stone in any way.

Colorless gemstones (such as diamonds) will reflect the color of the metal in which they are set, so colorless gemstones (such as diamonds) may appear to have a tint of color if the surrounding metal contains color. This is possible in certain yellow gold settings but not in white gold. Your gemstone will reflect the silvery-white metal, resulting in no discernible color differences in your stone. White gold is also shinier and less dull, making it a valuable yet affordable option.

While white gold is more durable than yellow gold, it falls short of the durability of platinum. Platinum is more durable than white gold, making it more resistant to everyday wear and tear and providing more security for center stone settings. Because platinum is denser than gold, it will be heavier than a white gold ring if all other qualities are equal.

Yellow gold is purer than white gold because white gold contains other metals in addition to gold. Because pure natural gold is yellow in color, the higher the purity, the more yellow it will be. While yellow gold is purer, it is also softer by nature, so white gold is the more durable option. White gold may not be the best choice if you want a higher degree of fineness.

Furthermore, white gold is frequently alloyed with nickel, so if you are allergic to nickel, avoid white gold.

How to Choose a White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

  • What diamond cut goes well with a white gold ring?

    Almost any diamond cut will look stunning with a white gold band.

  • Is it better to go with 14-karat or 18-karat white gold?

    While 18-karat gold is purer, 14-karat gold is more durable and scratch-resistant.

  • What is the price of white gold rings?

    Prices vary, but white gold is generally less expensive than platinum.

How to Keep Your White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring in Good Condition

White gold necessitates a little more attention than other metals. It will require occasional buffing and polishing, as well as periodic replating, to keep its silvery-white gleam all year. Because it is softer than platinum, it scratches more easily, but it is still suitable for everyday wear. Wrap your white gold ring in a soft cloth or piece of velvet to store it.

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