White-metals tend to be a favored setting for diamonds, so white-gold diamond rings are commonly given as engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings. White-gold is a popular alternative to silver and platinum rings, due to its malleability, strength and expense. White-gold and platinum diamond rings look rather similar, although there are numerous differences including weight, care requirements and price.
White-Gold Ring Characteristics
White-gold is made by combining gold with metals such as copper, silver, nickel, manganese or palladium. To help protect their finish, white-gold diamond rings are often covered with a rhodium plating. This plating not only protects the ring, but helps to create its distinctive color.
Care of White Gold Diamond Rings
Over time the rhodium plating on white-gold rings will wear off and need replacing. Some jewelers recommend having white-gold rings re-plated every twelve to eighteen months (depending on how often the ring is worn). Sometimes, ring wearers experience a slight allergic reaction to their white-gold jewelry after time such as a minor skin rash. This happens as the rhodium plating wears off and the wearer experiences a reaction to the nickel in the white-gold alloy itself. An easy solution is to get a ring re-plated.
- Although diamonds have a reputation of being the toughest gemstones, they can get scratched or chipped (by other diamonds), so diamond jewelry should be stored separately in fabric-lined jewelry boxes.
- Diamonds will need to be polished from time to time to keep their sparkle. A professional jeweler will offer this service or you can clean your diamond rings at home using a mild liquid detergent or water/ammonia solution.
- Prevention is better than cure! Take care of your white-gold diamond rings - they are precious investments. Avoid wearing your rings when doing heavy work in the garden or using strong household cleaning agents.
Other Ring Types
Find out more about other popular diamond ring metals, to find out which one will best suit you: