If you are wondering what the difference between white gold and silver is? Or if you’re like many who didn’t know there was such a thing called white gold, today we have got you covered!
Kick back and get ready to become familiar with what you need to know before going on the jewellery hunt next.
What is white gold?
It is a beautiful shimmering cocktail of pure gold and other metals, making it stronger and allowing it to develop a whiter colour. Just like yellow gold is measured in karats, often so is white gold! This is to calculate the purity.
What is silver?
Silver is (as us jewellery enthusiasts know) more than just what coins are made of, this specific shiny piece of metal has decorated us for years. It is often a combination of silver and copper, to give it extra strength and durability when we wear it.
When you’ve been shopping for jewellery in the past, trying rings on, admiring their glitz, testing out what diamond shape is best suited to your fingers (maybe for that special day). Whatever the occasion, you may have or haven’t noticed that there is a number stamped into the metal. This is how you can tell the percentage of pure silver to copper making up that particular ring!
White Gold vs. Silver
You might now be wondering which one is better between the two, but it is all about what you are looking for. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring, if you’re unsure what the difference between white gold and silver really has when you’re wearing it, let us make this big decision a little bit easier.
First let's break it down into categories that you might be considering to achieve your fairy tale dreams!
Depending on the type of person you are and your typical day-to-day activities the strength of your ring is sure to be an important component. If you find yourself to be active, doing a lot of things, maybe you’re a little bit of a clumsy person, then a white gold ring is the way to go. This will be your saving grace from scratches, dents, and anything else that could create imperfections on your special ring. However, this all depends on the purity of the ring (i.e the karats).
If you are more of a dainty person who isn’t too worried about bumping your ring, silver may be the way to go (that is if you prefer how it looks). This is because silver is softer so it's much easier to scratch with daily wear and tear.
White gold is on the pricier side, whereas silver is one of the most affordable metals for your jewels. If you are on team white gold, don't let this discourage you, it may be more expensive than silver, but it is less than platinum.
Got a nickel allergy?
Nickel is used in both silver and white gold, but not to worry. White gold is plated with Rhodium which will protect your dainty fingers from any nickel that your ring is mixed with. Keep in mind though, this plating will eventually wear off depending on how often you wear it and look after your rings.
Silver on the other hand is also mixed with nickel but it is usually only the smallest amount present, so if this isn't a worry for you, you are set!
Like all pieces of jewellery in your lovely collection it should be a ritual or routine involved with cleaning them.
At the very least white gold needs to be re-plated with Rhodium, which is the quickest and easiest way to restore its appearance. This can be scheduled for every two years, it's not an expensive process and some jewellers even do this for free.
Silver on the other hand needs regular cleaning and polishing to ensure that it stays looking its best. Silver is prone to tarnishing! It will never rust but we always want our jewels to look their best when they are on display.
Whichever you decide there is no doubt it will look beautiful, as engagement rings represent so much more than what metal they are. To preserve these moments that your ring represents between you and your partner book yourself in for twice a year check-up for professional cleaning. Especially if you are slack with your at home routine (that's okay though, life gets hectic).