The Secret to White Gold

White gold was been referred to for many years as an alternative to platinum. This may be true in the eyes of many, but white gold created a phenomenon in the jewelry industry and has never looked back. In order to look like its precious counter-part in platinum, white gold goes through a very precious process called “rhodium platting” to look as beautiful and unique as it does when it reaches your hands.

In its raw state without any rhodium platting, white gold really has a yellowish look to it since gold is really yellow in its true color. What rhodium platting does is it allows a plain piece of white gold to be dipped in rhodium to give it a very clean, fresh, and shiny feel to it which will last for a very long time. This process allows the jewelry to have a very clean white look to it which to the naked eye may look just the same as more expensive products.

So how much does this rhodium platting cost you to make your piece of jewelry look that much better? Most jewelers around the world charge anywhere from $20-$25 per piece to dip your ring in rhodium, but here at Wedding Rings Depot we do it free of charge! We believe that the customer should always receive the perfect ring they had in mind from us, and if you’re thinking that rhodium platting your white gold is the way to go, then we will be more than happy to do that for you for no extra cost.

If you do chose to get your ring rhodium platted, how often you get it re-platted can vary on many factors. How much the ring rubs against other metals and products like clothing and household chemicals may affect how long that beautiful crisp look may last. Usually, the rhodium will last and keep it shine between 2-3 years on average, but no matter when you think it is time to get it re-platted you come to us and we will make sure to take care of you!

So when you are searching through our vast selections of rings in route to finding that perfect one for you and your loved one, remember the little secret about white gold that you learned from us today. This small process of rhodium platting can make a huge difference in the appearance of your ring and may just be that next step you may want to take in creating that perfect band for the big day!

Why are Platinum rings expensive?

People who do not have a strong background in the jewelry industry wonder why platinum wedding rings are more expensive than gold. Obviously we all know the price discrepancy between the two, but when it comes down to it , is there really such a big difference choosing between platinum and gold? We’ll let you decide for yourselves.

For one thing, the raw metal of platinum is much heavier than that of gold. The approximate weight of platinum is 1.9 times heavier than a 14K gold piece. So a ring that would weigh 10.0 grams in gold weight would weigh about 19.0 grams in platinum, which will obviously cost you more money. Almost all jewelers sell to you the customer on a per gram basis of metal content, so the platinum ring will automatically almost always cost more in the same exact ring.

The cost of manufacturing and creating jewelry which is platinum is sufficiently greater. Platinum is harder and more difficult to work with, it requires more labor hours to finish the ring, therefore the cost of the ring will rise. Platinum is also not as high in demand as gold is, so that means that jewelers buy platinum in smaller quantities so they get less of a deal on the price of the metal than they do on gold which they buy on larger bundles.

Finally, probably the biggest reason there is such a price discrepancy between platinum and gold is the purity of each metal. 14K jewelry is around 60.0 % pure gold, while platinum is 95% pure. This makes platinum much more denser and heavier than all other metals, which increases its price.

Looking at all of these reasons state above, one can see how come platinum is such a pricy commodity. So many different things go into it so that it can keep its status as such a valuable metal. Hopefully these tips will help you when you want to chose between platinum and gold wedding bands from us.