White gold is a mixture of pure gold and white metals. This creates a unique look. These metals include silver, palladium, nickel, and platinum. White gold, also known as a pure metal, is an alloy.
Due to the variety of metals and their varying ratios, white gold can be used for many alloys. White gold can also be used to describe a variety of colors, from very pale yellow gold to very pale rose gold. These off-white colors can sometimes be hidden in different industries by plating an item in rhodium. This gives it a more robust surface and a lustrous sheen.
What is white gold made from?
White gold will always contain gold, but it is usually made of silver, nickel, platinum, and palladium, as previously mentioned.
The jewelry industry is one of the most common uses for white gold. Wearing pure gold as daily jewelry is risky because it is very soft. White gold has the advantage that it can be mixed with other metals to increase its durability and reduce its price. It is famous for jewelry because of its neutrality.
One in eight people is allergic to nickel, which should be avoided in jewelry. This can lead to minor skin reactions. Because they are hypoallergenic, white gold is usually made from silver, palladium, or platinum. They also won’t rust over the years.
Most white gold will eventually tarnish due to the Rhodium plating.
White Gold Hallmark
White gold is pure gold and is subject to the requirement of hallmarking for gold if more than one gram is used.
White gold is an alloy and will not be 99 percent pure (24ct). Therefore, it will not have a 999 hallmark. The act of adding additional metal to white gold dilutes its purity total. You will be able to determine the purity of any white gold you may have by using 9ct (37.5% purity), 13ct (58.5% purity), or 18ct (75% purity). This should be marked on the item with a hallmark. White gold would have a mark of 375, 585, or 750.
For example, the white gold ring shown below has a mark inside that says 750. This refers to 75% purity. It is, therefore, 18ct.
White gold price
White gold is valued solely on its gold content. Its purity will also be considered. BullionByPost customers have access to our scrap gold price calculator, which will give them an instant estimate of the value of any white gold they may own. You can find out how much your item is worth by entering its carat purity and weight.
For a free quote, call our customer service team at 0121 6434 8060. They will gladly walk you through the process of selling your items.