Gold is not mined as a white metal but is created by alloying pure gold with white metals, mainly palladium. This largely overrides the gold’s natural colour but it will always have a faint hint of yellow. The quantity of palladium in an alloy can vary, affecting the whiteness of the metal. All of our 18ct white gold wedding bands and diamond rings made in our workshop use high palladium white gold that is closer to a true white than many lesser alloys.
Most white gold rings are finished with a plating of rhodium which is a hard, very bright metal from the platinum family that gives a brilliant mirror finish. As this is a thin coating it does wear over time. How long the plating lasts depends on how the ring is worn and what the wearer does.
If you prefer the warmer natural finish of white gold all of our rings can be supplied in a natural polished finish.
White gold is available in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold and is generally whiter in the more gold rich alloys.
We have worn examples of 9ct and 18ct white gold rings, including our own high palladium white gold to illustrate the different colours.
Pros: White gold is comparatively affordable and a huge range of jewellery items are available. The availability of different carats of gold means that white gold is available at a range of price points.
Cons: Does not have a true white appearance when worn, to keep white gold looking at its best it will usually need re rhodium plating periodically.