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Gold: Which is right for you? Yellow, White or Rose

18k yellow gold sapphire & emerald ring by Philip VoetschYellow gold is eternal. It has been mined from the ground and adorned people since ancient times. In jewelry it can be transformed into wearable art which is precious and durable.Yellow gold in the past decade has taken a back seat to other metals and other colors, but in the last few years it has started to show that the true classic is once again in vogue. There is nothing like the color of gold and no other metal to substitute for it.Showing 18k yellow gold sapphire & emerald ring by Philip Voetsch
White gold makes a seamless backdrop to diamonds.White gold in the past decade has risen in prominence, a flawless backdrop to diamonds it began being featured in bridal jewelry during the World War II era when Platinum was taken off the market to be used as a strategic metal. White gold filled the void and was found to have strength and durability. Finely polished it adds a true reflective quality to the jewelry that features it.White gold makes a seamless backdrop to diamonds on this 18K White Gold Cushion Shaped Halo Diamond Engagement Ring.
Rose gold reflects back to another time, a more romantic time, a time of ballgowns and chandeliers. The pink warmth adds a sense of the feminine to jewelry.Gold, in its pure, natural form is yellow.  The other hues of gold have metals or alloys added to them to create different colors. The alloys also add strength as 24 karat gold is extremely malleable and tends to be too soft for practical jewelry wear. Yellow gold except for 100% pure 24 karat, is typically alloyed with silver, zinc & copper. White gold is typically alloyed with nickle, platinum or palladium & zinc. Rose gold is typically alloyed with copper and sometimes silver.The Rose gold & diamond Prairie Style band highlights the elegance of interplay of the warmth and gemstones.

Rose gold and yellow gold have the added benefit of not changing color over time. Due to the metals that they are alloyed with they will sustain their color. White gold can be a bit tricky. Due to the different alloys that are added to make gold that comes from the ground yellow, white gold can tend to turn “blond” over time. The majority of white gold jewelry is covered with a plating of rhodium (a sister metal to platinum) to give it a bright white finish.  White gold discoloring depends on quite a few factors; the alloy and metal combination, your own chemical reaction, some people react very poorly to certain metals such as nickle, and  if the piece is an every day piece or an occasional piece.

The good news is that gold of any hue is precious, durable, and gorgeous over many generations of wear. It will continue to be a classic because of its intrinsic value and its trans-formative nature. A jewelry piece from long ago can be restored or can be transformed using its precious materials into a new piece. It can even change hue using new alloys. Whatever hue you chose,  you can’t go wrong with gold.