White Gold: Everything You Need to Know - Do Amore

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White Gold

White Gold is a silver-colored gold that is made by mixing yellow gold with a white metal like nickel, palladium, or manganese. To get it bright white, white gold is then finished with a white metal called “rhodium.” Fun fact: White gold was first invented in the 1800s and became popular during World War II when platinum was only allowed to be used by the military.

Purity

Gold is made up of 24 “karats” (meaning 24 parts). 14k gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals. Likewise, 18k gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals. In America, white gold is available in 10k, 14k, and 18k. Here are some things to consider when choosing gold purity:

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Color

Value

Durability

10k

White

Least valuable

Hard but brittle

14k

White

Valuable

Good durability

18k

White

Most Valuable

Less durable

How to Care for White Gold

Without its rhodium plating, White Gold is more of a French Vanilla white. Because most people prefer rhodium’s bright white over this Vanilla white, couples should expect to have their White Gold engagement ring re-rhodium-plated every few years. Do Amore provides complimentary polishing and rhodium-plating for each ring we sell! When you send it in for refinishing, our jeweler will also check your stones and clean your beautiful ring. It will return looking brand new!

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White Gold v. Platinum v. Palladium

Couples who want a white engagement ring are in luck – they have three options! In addition to white gold, Do Amore also crafts rings in platinum and palladium. Below are the differences between these metals:

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White Gold

Palladium

Platinum

Color

Vanilla White

White

White

Heaviness

Average

Average

Heavy

Maintenance

Platinum and Palladium will develop a "patina," which can be polished off, but most prefer to keep it.

Rhodium

None

None

Cost & Value

Metal values fluctuate greatly. Palladium cost and value has skyrocketed recently. This may change with time.

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$$$

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Other

N/A

Some jewelers will not work on

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Settings that Pair Well with White Gold

Below are our favorite White Gold Engagement Rings and White Gold Wedding Bands!

Money Tips

There is no difference in appearance between 14k and 18k gold. And, 18k gold is less durable. So, a great way to save money when choosing a White Gold ring is to pick 14k!

1 Things to Ask Your Jeweler

  • 01.

    What Karat is This?

    Always make sure you know what karat gold you are buying – don’t overspend on something you can’t see!

Other Ring Resources

See our in-depth educational guides, which were made to give practical advice with every aspect of your ring.

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