Last Updated on December 8, 2022 by Ellen Christian
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Tips for Caring for White Gold
I love the way it looks with most gemstones and it goes well with my complexion. There are a number of pros and cons to consider when purchasing a piece of jewelry and each has its own care recommendations.
The traditional choices for “white metal” jewelry are silver, white gold, and platinum. Of the three, silver is the least expensive option.
Silver is a fairly soft metal and isn’t well suited to hold gems for this reason. Over time, the shine of a new piece of silver jewelry will fade and it will develop an aged patina.
What is white gold?
White gold is an alloy that is created by mixing yellow gold with metals like nickel, copper, silver, and zinc to get a white color. White gold is often covered with a thin plating of rhodium for durability. It has the same properties as yellow gold and it will not tarnish like silver does.
Platinum is the most expensive of the three options. It is denser, heavier and stronger than gold or white gold and it will not tarnish. It is also hypoallergenic.
Caring for White Gold
White gold has the durability and the price that I want when I’m shopping for jewelry. Since white gold is an alloy of yellow gold and other metals, it requires different care than yellow gold. In order to make it last, I follow these tips.
- Mix a cleaning solution of mild soap and warm water. Don’t choose a soap that has chlorine or other harsh chemicals.
- Soak your white gold jewelry in the solution for 20 minutes.
- Very gently rub the jewelry with a soft cloth to loosen any dirt or grime.
- Rinse the jewelry with lukewarm running water to remove all traces of the soap.
- Dry your jewelry piece with a soft cloth.
If your jewelry has softer stones like onyx or pearls, they should not be soaked. You can try dipping the cloth in the cleaning solution and gently wiping the jewelry in this case. When in doubt, please consult a jeweler.
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