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White Gold as the Noble Metal

Thursday, 12 March 2009

white goldSure enough, all women love jewelry made from precious metals. The items from precious metals, and in particular, from gold, are of great value in all the times. As it is far and wide known, the gold can also appear to have other colors. And now, we will talk about the honorable whiteness of the metal - white gold.

White gold is the alloy of the gold with palladium, silver, nickel, zinc or platinum. It is known that any metal when mixed with gold is able to give a steel tinge to the gold; and the most important is to observe proportions here.

People very often talk about «noble» and «ignoble» white gold. As for the latter, the «ignoble» alloy does not have any other precious metals apart from gold itself. Besides, «ignoble» white gold always contains nickel.  Nickel makes the alloy hard and durable that makes a treatment a bit difficult. Therefore, with the purpose to obtain white gold good for work, they use the alloy containing silver, zinc and copper in addition to nickel.  We should know that even insignificant amount of silver in the alloy stains it into light-brown color that only emphasizes «ignobility» of the white color.

Since recent times the negative influence of nickel when contacting the human skin is proved. It can cause allergic reaction in the form of rush and itching. Thus, the concentration of nickel in the alloy is strictly controlled. When purchasing jewelry from white gold, show interest in the composition and origin of the alloy and carefully read labeling. Thus, for instance, the alloy of the most popular 14-carat gold has a concentration of nickel of 12 percents.

The basic components of the «noble» alloy are gold and palladium (or platinum). By the way, the platinum whites the gold better than the other metals.

The «noble» alloy of gold mixed with palladium is very flexible; it retains glitter and original color even after the final treatment. The items from this alloy of 14-carat gold hold 5% palladium, approximately 32 % silver as well as small concentration of zinc and copper. But it does not contain nickel.

However, there are «noble» alloys of the white gold containing nickel in the components as a constituent element. This is usually the alloy of 18-karat gold. But it does not absolutely mean that any alloy of the white gold of 18-karat contains nickel. There are several standard «noble» alloys that distinguish with concentration of nickel and other elements as well.

In spite of the variety of white gold alloys available, at present the most popular is the white gold without nickel for the sake of safety.

White gold looks quiet and delicate. It emphasizes the brilliance and shining of precious stones, and does not overshadow their glaring beauty. Items from white gold do not look flashy and pompous, they win with their majestic nobility and solemnity. Jewelry from white gold is suitable for women of all ages irrespective of color of their eyes and hair. They will be appropriate complement to any outfit. Besides, white gold possesses excellent physical properties; it is resistant to external factors and merciless time.

White gold is extensively used in combination with other kinds of gold. The excellent and splendid examples of gold items are pendants and brooches, ear-rings and coulombs of white gold with black or pink gold. The jewelers of the whole world prefer using white gold for creation of their masterpieces, since it provides the opportunity to make up and realize ideas in their work. White gold finds application as with strict classic and contemporary astonishing design of jewelry. White gold is always in vogue and therefore white gold items can be inherited with a proud and called a «family jewels».

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