Most brides-to-be will already have a fondness for either gold or silver jewelry and know what they prefer. Chances are that if she wears silver colored metal rather than yellow gold; you will need to look at a platinum or white gold engagement ring. Don't dare get her a yellow gold or rose gold one, no matter how big a diamond may be floating on top because she just won't like it! Let's face it; you don't want to spend a wad of cash on an engagement ring that just doesn't measure up in her eyes.
These stunning types of engagement rings are a popular choice today but are they better than traditional yellow or rose gold varieties? What's the difference? It is the metals used in the alloy mix that accounts for the variation in color. It is an alloy of gold and white metals such as silver and palladium that make the white gold metal. Nickel was used previously in the creation of white gold, isn't used today because it can cause irritant reactions with some people.
White gold in its natural state is actually a light grey color which is why many white gold engagement rings are coated with rhodium plating as it is extremely hard and very white. It will however eventually wear off so it's advisable to have your ring re-rhodium plated every eighteen months or so.
White gold is available in 18ct, 14ct, 9ct or any other karat. 75% gold mixed with 25% silver and/or palladium will yield an 18ct white gold metal. The alloy is what is different.
Three great tips when choosing what gold carat to choose are:
* Overall performance of the metal with every day wear
* The variation in color between the 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold
* The price range and final cost between the gold carats.
Take your time choosing the perfect white gold engagement ring but do take note that the 18ct engagement is preferred because it ages better over the years and also holds up to wear and tear. Why not take her with you to the jewelers and have her narrow her search down to a few favorites and then go back later and choose one. That way she'll still be surprised!
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