Having trouble choosing between a silver or white gold engagement ring? So you’ve decided against platinum and are going for silver or white gold. Both metals are silver colored and are renowned for complimenting English rose skin tones. That said, anyone can wear silver or white gold with elegance, and both metals look good with numerous types of gemstones.
The following differences between the two metals may help you to decide on the best option. Let’s consider the metal properties, characteristics and prices of a silver or white gold engagement ring.
Silver is white, bright and brilliant and is valued as a precious metal. It is too soft to be used on its own in jewellery, so often pure silver is alloyed with another metal to make it durable enough for use in rings. Normally, silver is mixed with a small amount of copper. A good option when purchasing a silver engagement band would be one that bears the 0.925 sterling silver label which means it must contain at least 92.5% pure silver.
Silver, like white gold, is much cheaper than platinum. Silver is also generally cheaper than gold, but other factors, such as the craftsmanship of the ring, the gemstone and the current market condition should be taken into account.
The problem with silver compared to a white gold engagement ring is that it scratches easily. In addition, thinner silver rings can bend and lose their shape. As a result, some people think that sterling silver is not necessarily durable enough for daily wear. It should definitely not be worn by anyone who works with heat or electricity, since it is an excellent conductor.
Another difficulty with silver is that it is well known to turn black and tarnish through oxidisation. Nevertheless, with care and cleaning, silver can remain brilliant. A professional jeweller can repair most scratches and damage to a sterling silver band. Many jewellery stores also offer tarnish resistant sterling silver which has been treated so that it does not oxidize and turn black.
White gold is made from yellow gold mixed with a white metal alloy like nickel, zinc or palladium. It is often rhodium plated which makes the white gold brighter and, as a result, a white gold engagement ring is complementary for a number of different gemstones. The amount of gold in white gold is measured in karats.
White gold can only go up to 21 karats before it actually turns yellow. Eighteen karat white gold is 75% pure, while 14 karat gold is 58.5% pure. Ten karat white gold can also be purchased, but this is not usually recommended for any wedding band.
White gold is often referred to as a more affordable version of platinum. Although, white gold must be re-rhodium plated every 6-18 months to remain in top condition. Eighteen karat white gold is more durable than 18 karat yellow gold which means it is suitable for daily wear. Like silver, white gold can be repaired, and scratches can be removed by jewellers throughout the band’s lifespan.
Sometimes when white gold is alloyed with nickel, the metal can cause allergic reactions. It is possible, however, to buy a nickel-free white gold engagement ring if this is a problem for you.