White gold wedding rings are a popular choice for people who want a modern look for their wedding band.
What is white gold?
White gold wedding rings are made of a mixture of gold and other metals such as nickel, palladium, platinum or silver. The white gold is then plated with rhodium to give it a shiny, white finish. While yellow gold is the traditional choice in wedding bands, white gold is often preferred by those who prefer a more modern look.
What style of rings are available in white gold?
One of the reasons many couples choose white gold wedding rings is the variety of styles and design options available. From the simplest plain band to intricate braided, designed or textured wedding rings or white gold wedding bands set with gem stones. You can even have your white gold wedding rings designed according to your own unique specifications if you want a truly distinctive wedding ring.
Many couples looking for wedding bands set with diamonds prefer the white gold rings to yellow gold because the white colour is the perfect backdrop for diamonds. Every couple is sure to find white gold wedding rings that meet their lifestyle and taste requirements.
One of the biggest advantages of choosing white gold wedding rings is their price. White gold wedding rings will generally cost a lot less than an equivalent wedding ring made from platinum.
If you are looking for something fresh and beautiful and within your budget white gold wedding rings are good options.
History of white gold jewellery
First used as a jewellery metal in the 1920’s, white gold was a more cost effective choice for couples who liked the look of the platinum wedding rings but could not afford the price.
White gold wedding bands became a popular alternative during World War II when platinum was restricted for military uses only.
Platinum vs. white gold
Platinum is a stronger, more durable metal than white gold however a good quality white gold wedding ring will stand up to normal wear without bending or scratching.
Few people are able to tell the difference between a white gold wedding ring and a platinum ring by sight.
Platinum does not lose its lustre with wear. Over time with wear and exposure to chemicals, water and the sun the white gold wedding ring will lose its “whiteness.”
To restore white gold wedding rings to their original lustre you must have the ring replated with rhodium. This is a fairly inexpensive, simple job – but over the years the cost can mount up. We usually recommend that white gold rings are replated every 1-2 years.