Looking for that diamond engagement ring that will cause her heart to skip a beat, take her breath away, and put tears in her eyes? Have you considered white gold? Watch her eyes light up as you present, say for instance, a 14K white gold engagement ring with white diamonds glistening in the light. Why white gold you ask?
Well, for this most important, life changing event you need to consider all options including an alternative that is just as beautiful as silver or platinum. Some folks love silver, while others find it dull and less appealing. There is platinum, but platinum is much rarer which makes the cost more expensive which takes us right back to the question, ‘Why this particular metal?’
According to Merriam-Webster, white gold is defined as a pale mixture of gold especially with nickel or palladium that resembles platinum in appearance. In plain words what you think is white, is not white at all. This metallic chemical element always has been, and always will be yellow. In order for the yellow metal to become white, certain other white metals are put into the mix. Nickel is mixed which gives it added strength and durability along with palladium, platinum, manganese, and silver. Even though all white metals are added to the mix, without the rhodium metal plating the color would be somewhat brown, gray, or even pale pink. In the end it’s the rhodium metal plating that causes the finished product to be white and shiny.
Karats are determined by using the same process for both types. Karats are a unit that is used for expressing proportion of gold in any alloy equal to 1/24 parts of gold. For example, alloys that are mixed with 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy, equals 14 karats. Mix 18 parts gold to 6 parts alloy and you have 18 karats. Keep in mind that precious yellow metal mixed with silver or palladium registers a higher amount of karats where the adding of nickel can lower the determination of karats.
The main points that have been made in this article state that white is a great alternative to yellow gold, silver, or platinum. This beautiful white metal is less expensive than platinum and creates a splendid setting for white diamonds, and last but not least, karats are determined by the same process regardless of either finish. This is a special event in your life; an experience that will long be remembered, so take the time to consider all your options before you present that engagement ring on bended knee.