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Caring For White Gold Engagement Rings

Feb. 21 2014
White gold engagement rings need attention and care to ensure they retain their attractive shine. Relatively speaking though, they are simple to take care of.

Sunday morning walks with F and Lemon Tree are one of the highlights of my week. Just throwing sticks and getting my wellies dirty makes me feel completely relaxed and puts me in a productive frame of mind for the rest of the day.

wellies by ChrisPerriman, Used under a Creative Commons License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Sunday morning walks with F and Lemon Tree

We have been very focused on white gold engagement rings lately and I wanted to know if F had read anything at all about caring for white gold. I knew that he had been chatting to some jewellers so I guessed he would have touched on the practical side of owning a white gold engagement ring.

He didn’t disappoint me and as we sat by the lake watching the ducks he told me what he had found out. He winked and said that he would only tell me if I promised not to get obsessed with cleaning the ring we chose. Laughing, he said he could imagine me cleaning it so often that we ended up with no ring left! I promised but knew I would be cleaning my ring whenever I chose!

Taking Proper Care Measures

Most engaged couples or newlyweds shopping for white gold rings are aware that jewellery needs care and attention if it is to retain its aesthetic beauty and visual appeal. But while most relevant information focuses on how to best care for the stones, wedding and engagement ring bands are usually ignored and taken for granted.

Disregarding proper care measures for engagement ring bands can, however, ultimately make for a very upset lady. Being made of metal, these components can easily scratch or become damaged even if you have done your best to avoid this happening.

As such, it is important to be mindful of the simple things you can do to ensure that the ring remains in tip top condition. White gold engagement rings are not too different from any other ring and being a relatively sturdy and hardy material, they actually serve as a good example upon which to base the treatment of other engagement ring bands.

18Ct white gold ring set with coloured diamonds by Daniel Gallie

18Ct white gold ring set with coloured diamonds by Daniel Gallie

F went on to tell me that if we chose a this metal we would need to be aware of the fact that the ring will, more likely than not, be coated in rhodium.

Rhodium is a hard, silvery-white metal, which acquires a high sheen when polished, resulting in a very elegant and sophisticated visual impact.

For this reason, it is often used as an alloy when making white gold engagement rings. F smiled as he told me that fortunately white gold is easy to clean. No fretting required he promised.

Wear and Tear

The main problem affecting rhodium-based rings though is wear and tear, noticeable mostly on the shank, which is the area in direct contact with the finger. Initially as white as the rest of the ring, this section will slowly but surely start to feel the effects of friction and turn yellow.

At this point, we would have two options; get it re-coated with the knowledge that it will eventually wear off again and the process will need repeating, or get the ring re-set onto platinum or palladium.

F finished up and put his arm round me telling me that the jeweller has assured him that there is very little maintenance required to keep a white gold engagement ring looking fantastic. I don’t know why he thinks I am obsessed with cleaning when it is him who insists we have separate knives for the jam and butter on the breakfast table.


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