GOLD VS WHITE GOLD

 

When it comes to choosing a piece of jewelry, there is one question that can't be avoided: yellow gold or white gold? The main difference between the two types of metal is its color. Besides this obvious factor, there are also subtle differences in their composition and durability. What you choose depends on your specific needs and preferences as well as your budget.

 

WHAT DOES YELLOW GOLD MEAN?

 

Pure yellow gold means that a piece is 24k gold, which is 99.9% pure gold metal. 24k yellow gold is too soft to be used in jewelry, but there is a solution to this: alloying it with other metals. 24k yellow gold is strengthened when combined with other metals, usually copper, zinc or silver. The amount of gold content in the alloy affects the strength, color and value of the metal.

The purity of yellow gold is represented in karats, with 10K, 14K, and 18K being the most popular. The purity of a gold item is determined by the amount of pure gold metal in the mix. So 18K indicates that there are 18 parts pure gold and six parts alloy. The lower the karat number, the less pure gold is in the mixed alloy, making it more affordable.

 

HOW IS WHITE GOLD MADE FROM YELLOW GOLD?

 

White gold is not found in nature; it is simply an alloy of yellow gold. Changing yellow gold to white means mixing pure gold with metals such as palladium, copper, silver, manganese, zinc, or nickel to produce white gold. The chemical composition of each metal varies somewhat. For example, white gold with nickel is the most durable and hardest of all metals. The finished product is then plated with rhodium to give it the same luster and sheen as genuine gold.

White gold is also graded in karats, with the same hallmarks as yellow gold.

Always check whether your white gold contains nickel combined in the alloy if you have a nickel allergy. If you are nickel sensitive and wear jewelry that contains nickel, you are likely to develop an skin irritation.

 

VALUE OF WHITE GOLD VS YELLOW GOLD

Many people think that yellow gold must be more valuable than white, simply because it looks like gold when, in fact, what matters is the amount of gold in the alloy. Both white gold and yellow gold have the same amount of gold karats, and they are both treated equally when it comes to price.

As a result, the differences in pricing between gold and silver are minor, since you are just paying for the gold content. 10K yellow or white gold will be lower in price than 14K or 18K. However, because white gold is plated with rhodium, it may be a bit more costly than yellow gold depending on the retailer.


IS WHITE GOLD STRONGER THAN YELLOW GOLD?

The difference between white gold and yellow gold is that the former is an alloy of the latter. White gold, as well as yellow gold, contains a certain amount of actual gold in its makeup. The only difference between the two is that white gold has rhodium plating to give it a mirrored appearance. However, this also makes it a bit more expensive.

White gold is just as durable as yellow gold, if not more so. Because the rhodium plating gives it additional strength, it is less susceptible to damage or scratches than yellow gold. This also means that white gold will last longer than yellow gold over time, since the rhodium plating helps prolong its luster and appearance.


WHITE GOLD VS YELLOW GOLD & SKIN TONE

When purchasing jewelry, many consumers forget to consider their skin tone. Some metals look beautiful on your skin tone, while others may make it seem drab.

White gold looks beautiful on every skin tone, from pale to dark. It's a calm and cool hue that goes well with warm, neutral, and cool skin tones.

Yellow gold, on the other hand, is a fantastic choice for individuals with warm skin tones. It stands out beautifully against darker or sun-kissed complexions. Yellow gold may make the skin look washed out for individuals with cool skin tones. If you're not sure which metal to pick, check how it looks against your skin.


CONCLUSION

 

To sum up, white gold is an alloy of yellow gold. Both have the same amount of gold karats, are treated equally when it comes to price, and are both durable. Yellow gold looks beautiful on warm skin tones while white gold looks good on all skin tones. White gold will last longer because it is plated with rhodium which gives it additional strength.