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What exactly is white gold?

Author: Ringmaster
08.06.2015

b40exy1yThis article was written by Michael Fox, owner of Fox Jewelry, a business dedicated to the sale of Masonic Rings, Masonic accessories and other fraternal jewelry.

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White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel, manganese or palladium. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is described in karats. White gold’s properties vary depending on the metals and proportions used.
Consequently, white gold alloys may be used for many different purposes; while a nickel alloy is hard durable and therefore good for rings and pins, gold-palladium alloys are soft, pliable and good for white gold gemstone settings, sometimes with other metals like copper, silver, and platinum for weight and ruggedness, although this often requires specialized golldsmiths. description white gold is utilized very loosely in the industry to explain karat gold alloys possessing whitish hue. It is a common misconception that the color of the rhodium plating, which is seen on many commercial pieces, is really the color of white gold. The term “white” covers a considerable spectrum of hues that borders or overlaps pale yellow, tinted brown, in addition to very pale rose. The jewelry industry often conceals these off-white colors by rhodium plating.
A common white gold formulation consists of 90% gold and 10% nickel. Copper can be added to increase malleability.
The alloys used in jewelry industry are gold–palladium–silver and gold–nickel–copper–zinc. Palladium and nickel work as primary bleaching agents for gold; zinc acts as a secondary bleaching agent to attenuate the color of copper.
The nickel utilized in some white gold alloys may cause an reaction when worn over long periods (also notably on some wrist-watch casings). This reaction, typically a minor skin irratation, occurs in about one in eight people of this, don’t use nickel inside their white gold formulations.
Colored golds can be separated to 3 groups.
Alloys with silver and copper in a number of proportions, producing white, yellow, green and red golds; typically malleable alloys.
Intermetallic compounds, producing blue and purple golds, along with other colors. These are typically brittle but can be used as gems and inlays.
Pure 100% gold is 24 karat, so all colored golds are lower than this, with the common being 18K, 14K, and 9K.

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