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White gold is made up of a combination of yellow metal and elements like silver, copper, zinc, nickel, etc. The composition of the alloy appears yellowish in color. Once the design of the jewelry is created, the piece is covered with a layer of a white element like rhodium. The color offers a popular alternative to buyers who like to wear such jewelry.
Most such low-cost designs are made in silver but are soft and get tarnished easily. Some of the silver items combine with oxygen in the air resulting in the formation of the undesirable colored oxides. Some of the coatings are made from the combination of iridium, cobalt, and ruthenium, which increases the hardness of the alloys.
The designs made from pure gold have higher karats but it can be very soft and easily break, whereas, the ones made from the alloy are considered durable. The white ones are mostly found in 18 karats as it contains about 75% pure yellow metal and 25% of the alloy can be other metals which may include certain low-cost elements like nickel or copper or high costs like platinum or rhodium. The coating of metals like rhodium protects the inner layers, as it has higher strength and durability but due to the use of precious metals (like rhodium or platinum), the jewelry can be expensive.
Most of the precious metals can increase the overall cost of the piece of jewelry. Such platings protect the skin from exposure to inner alloys of low-cost metals like nickel which causes skin allergies. The alloys with a higher percentage of nickel appear white and have a faint ivory tone, which can appear very attractive.
If you want to clean your white gold item, use disinfectants but avoid using acidic solutions as it can result in reactions with the external layers and blackening.
To avoid damage to the item, it is advised to contact the jeweler who can use ultrasonic machines to clean without disrupting the design.
The jewelers may use buffing or advise to recoat the piece to get back the original color.
They can use machines to eliminate the scratches from the top layers.
One of the most common questions asked by the buyers is that - if the white gold item has the same value as the yellow one, or if one should buy alloys to invest in gold? The pieces of jewelry that are made from the alloy of precious metals, which are sold at a higher price in the markets, may not fetch the same price on selling.
Only the metals that are bought back by some sellers – can get you a part of the original invested value or some of your items may get a resale value for unique designs or historical value.
Sometimes, metals are alloyed with very expensive and rare metals (like iridium, rhodium) but even in such conditions, one may not get a resale value.
The pure form has a chance to get a buyer and people who want to buy for investment purpose should try to get pure ones to preserve the market value.
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