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platinum ringsNot all white gold is created equal

White gold rings you buy may change color with use, but it's not certain. It depends on how they are manufactured. The white gold alloy used by the manufacturer determines whether your ring maintains its initial white color.

Here are the reasons:

It was in the mid-20th century when "white gold" began to be known as an affordable alternative to platinum. Unlike other "white" metals used for ring manufacturing, such as palladium, platinum, silver, titanium, or tantalum, white gold doesn't exist in nature. It's an alloy, a mixture of yellow gold with other metals to achieve the platinum-like white color in a more cost-effective way.

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In the vast majority of cases, white gold rings manufactured in Spain have a surface plating of rhodium, giving them a beautiful "white" light gray color. This thin layer of rhodium gradually wears off with daily use, revealing the interior of the ring. This interior will be a slightly unattractive yellowish-gray shade or a lighter gray color, almost matching the color of the surface layer that has been lost.

To achieve a clearer composition for white gold, palladium (a platinum-group metal) needs to be added. However, palladium comes at a higher price, so a "palladium-plated" white gold ring will be more expensive than one without it.

Spanish wedding bands manufacturers typically don't use palladium in their alloys to keep prices lower. On the other hand, european "premium" manufacturers, with whom we collaborate, do use it for their 750 ml (18k) and 585 ml (14k) white gold rings, achieving rings that hardly change color while maintaining their original beauty.

We often use the following analogy:

If you want a chocolate-covered sponge cake with a rich chocolate color underneath the coating, it's better to make the batter with dark chocolate, even if it's more expensive, instead of using milk chocolate, which is more economical. The same principle applies to white gold, its outcome depends on how the alloy is made.

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You can find our tips for caring for your rings in our "care for jewelry" article.

On both our website and in our physical store -dedicated exclusively to engagement rings and wedding bands- we show you a wide range of models made of gold, platinum, carbon, titanium, steel, tantalum, zirconium, silver, etc.

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