White Gold Fine Jewelry
When gold is alloyed with nickel or manganese, it becomes white gold and has a silvery sheen that resembles platinum or palladium. Alloyed with copper, gold can become rose gold or yellow gold. Many different varieties and styles of white gold fine jewelry can be found.What is a gold karat?
Unlike the carat, which is a unit of how much a diamond weighs, a karat is an indication of purity. The karat is the way the amount of gold is present in the metal. Pure gold is 24 karat gold, 18 karat gold is 3/4 gold, and 14 karat gold is almost 3/5 gold.What kinds of jewelry can be made with white gold?
Any kind of jewelry can be made with white gold. The gleam of white gold rings complements the radiance of a diamond solitaire, the deep blue of a sapphire or tanzanite, the clear, light blue of an aquamarine, the red of a ruby, the purple of amethyst, or the fire of an opal. It is excellent for split-shank rings, wedding band/engagement ring sets, and vintage rings with stones mounted in filigreed metal.
Earrings made of white gold can be studs, hoop earrings, and dangle earrings. As with rings, these earrings can sparkle with white diamonds, black diamonds, tourmalines, topaz, and cubic zirconia. Even unadorned white gold earrings, such as ones shaped into simple, gleaming balls, are striking.
Simple chain necklaces are fetching when they are made from white gold. They can also be adorned with jewels as can be seen in graduated necklaces made of diamonds or other gemstones. Necklaces can be adjustable so you can wear them as chokers or chains. Some come with pendants that feature a large stone such as a faceted emerald.
Bracelets of white gold are attractive even without the addition of jewels when they are hammered into beautiful links. Art Deco style pieces can resemble silver vines and be set with chunky gemstones, or they can be delicate tennis bracelets set with small, round-cut diamonds, sapphires, or tanzanite.How do you take care of white gold fine jewelry?
To keep your white gold jewelry clean, wash it in warm water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Use a clean cloth or soft toothbrush, and then rinse and air dry the piece. Polish it with another clean, soft cloth. When they're not in use, store your pieces in a soft bag or put each piece in its own till in the jewelry box.