When it comes to choosing the right metal for your wedding ring, Janai Jewellery is a name you can trust. We are experts when it comes to customising wedding rings, including the design such as plain wedding rings, two-tone weddings rings, and even vintage wedding rings. That being said, and when it comes to the type of metal used, white gold has proven to be very popular. At Janai Jewellery, in fact, we would go close to say that it is the most popular. The origin of White Gold is rather interesting, as it’s simply an alloy of pure Gold and other metals, including Silver and Palladium, and as such, can be fashioned in 18ct and 9ct. These measurements, unlike a diamond, refers simply to the amount of pure Gold in the alloy, and obviously not the carat of a particular diamond.
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18ct white gold
The most popular metal available is 18ct white gold.
Our perfect mixture is made up of 75% pure gold and is a palladium based alloy.
Palladium is a precious metal from the platinum family. It’s ability to attach itself to the gold atoms and make it a beautifully crafted white metal that lasts much longer than you’re usual 18ct white gold. This desirable metal is malleable and easy to be transformed into the most refined and delicate pieces. The palladium also makes the 18ct white gold more resilient.
A World War II favourite, white gold meant patriotism for that era’s marrying couples, when platinum was taken off the market for use in the war effort. Today, white gold offers precious affordability and fashionable fun, along with sturdy durability.
White gold is a more affordable yet still durable and precious alternative to platinum. It doesn’t tarnish like silver. But some rhodium plated white gold can ‘yellow’ over time and may need to be occasionally replated with rhodium.
White gold is yellow gold alloyed with white metals, this gives the metal a whitish appearance. The item is rhodium plated to give a bright, white finish. With any type of plating it will wear off over time. Depending on what the item is, a ring or a pair of earrings, will depend on how quickly the plating wears off. With rings, particularly engagements rings and wedding bands, they come into contact with many surfaces during a day’s wear. Maintenance of white gold is required every 6 to 12 months, this maintenance includes a quick clean and check of the pieces settings and to see whether it needs to be polished and plated, again depending on the item and frequency of wear. Keep this in mind when purchasing white gold jewellery, as there are ongoing costs in maintaining the white gold sparkle.
When gold is alloyed with nickel, it can be allergenic to a small percentage of wearers who have skin allergies. In response, many refiners and manufacturers are now offering white gold that doesn’t contain nickel, and others are creating white gold alloys that are white enough to not need rhodium plating. Be sure to ask your jeweller about these newer alloys.
If you’re purchasing a rhodium plated item, inspect the piece to ensure that the plating completely covers it and is even.