What is White Gold?

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What is White Gold?

Answer

Pure gold in its natural form has a beautiful glowing, yellow color. It is also quite bendable, which makes it unsuitable for most jewelry.  Therefore, gold has to be mixed with other metals to make it more durable.  Pure gold is considered 24k. When 24k is mixed with 10 part of other alloys, such as silver, it is considered 14k.  (14 parts gold plus 10 parts alloys equals 24 parts total.). To make white gold, the jeweler simply mixes other white metal alloys with the gold, such as palladium and nickel.  When cast, the metal might still be dingy yellow.  The jeweler then electro-plates the jewelry with rhodium.  This is a white metal in the platinum family. The final result is a piece of jewelry that gleams white.

Wishing you a brilliant day!
Diamond Mike Watson

www.GalleryOfDiamonds.com

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