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4 Myths About White Gold Engagement Rings

Apr. 11 2014
White gold engagement rings seem to have a bad rap. Here are 4 myths about these beauties debunked.

When it comes to engagement rings, F and I agree that it is all simply a matter of taste. I take pride in respecting everyone’s taste preferences, however, I have also found that people love to share their opinion, whether it is invited or not.

This is why I became somewhat irked by Bridget’s constant poo-pooing of my admiration of white gold engagement rings. Well Bridget, I can finally offer a rebuttal to all your nay-saying, as I have found the facts amongst a lot of fiction regarding white gold!

Debunking the Myths

There seems to be some general misconceptions about this alloyed material which may have, sadly, discouraged some couples away from considering it for their ring. The truth is that white gold engagement rings are as durable, resistant to damage and affordable as they are beautiful. There are few other colours of metal that are so universally complementary to any colour of gemstone and seem to also suit any style of setting.


Narrow eternity white gold brilliant diamonds by James Newman

Myth #1: They Will Need to Be Re-Plated

All the nay-sayers out there will warn you that a white gold ring will require the burden of periodic re-plating with rhodium to maintain their whiteness and shine. Unfortunately, this may be true for the minority of lesser-quality white gold rings or ones that are gold plated. However, most designers of engagement rings, like our Favourite Designers, these days only use high quality white gold, created with superior manufacturing methods and alloys. Consequently, no extra care is needed to maintain their dazzling shine beyond the occasional standard jewellery cleaning.

Myth #2: White Gold Isn’t the ‘Real Thing’

To put it bluntly: white gold has the exact same karat purity as yellow gold. Yellow gold used for jewellery is always alloyed with other metals to improve its strength and durability. White gold is simply gold alloyed with white metals to change the colour as well as strengthen it. Where yellow gold is typically combined with bronze or brass, white gold is alloyed with palladium, silver or zinc. The commonly available karat purities of 10k, 14k and 18k apply equally to both colours of gold.

Myth #3: They Are As Expensive as Platinum

This is a flat-out lie! It is true that gold prices have risen and still are steadily rising, but they are still significantly lower than the price of Platinum. The beauty of white gold engagement rings comes from the fact that they can be produced in variety of different purities, making them very accommodating to budgets of all size.

Platinum and Marquise diamond rings by Jon Dibben

Platinum and Marquise diamond rings by Jon Dibben

Myth #4: They Are Easily Damaged.

Gold is naturally soft and quite malleable which is exactly why, for the purposes of jewellery making, alloys are incorporated to make sure it lasts the test of time. For all of platinum’s supposed superior attributes, the truth is that it is much more liable to pick up surface scratches over time, resulting in an antique looking patina. White gold is usually preferred for its greater resistance against scratches and dents.

Admittedly, I may have taken a little more pleasure in setting Bridget straight than I should have. However, I felt the need to come to the defence of all the gorgeous white gold engagement rings out there and now, I rest my case.


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