ARE WHITE GOLD WEDDING BANDS HIGH MAINTENANCE?
White gold wedding bands are not necessarily high maintenance, but they do require some care and attention. White gold is a mix of gold and other metals, such as nickel and palladium, which are added to make it stronger and more durable. However, these metals can also make white gold more susceptible to tarnishing and fading. To help prevent this, white gold wedding bands should be cleaned and polished regularly. You can do this yourself with a mild soap and water solution, or you can take it to a jeweler for professional cleaning and polishing.
DOES WHITE GOLD TARNISH?
White gold does not tarnish in the traditional sense. However, the rhodium plating that is used to give white gold its bright, white color can wear off over time. This can cause the white gold to appear to tarnish, or to become a warmer, off-white color.
Rhodium is a rare, silvery-white metal that is often used to plate white gold. It is a very hard metal that is resistant to tarnishing and corrosion. This makes it a good choice for plating white gold, as it helps to protect the metal from the elements and from everyday wear and tear.
However, rhodium plating is not permanent and will eventually wear off over time, typically after 5-7 years. When this happens, the white gold underneath will begin to show through. If your white gold ring has begun to show a yellow tone, there are a few things you can do. You can either:
- Embrace the new tone. The warmer, off-white color of the unplated white gold can be quite appealing like a natural patina. If you like the new look, there is no need to do anything.
- Get the ring re-plated. A jeweler can re-plate your ring with rhodium, which will restore its bright, white color. This is a relatively inexpensive process and can be done every 5-7 years, or as needed.
The best option for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget. If you are happy with the new look of your ring, there is no need to do anything. However, if you prefer the bright, white color of your ring, you can have it re-plated.
IS WHITE GOLD MORE EXPENSIVE THAN YELLOW GOLD?
No, typically a white gold ring will be around the same price as a yellow gold ring, provided they have the same gold content in them. That's because white gold actually contains yellow gold, and is simply combined with different alloy metals to give it its white appearance.