White gold wedding bands: defining refinement
White gold wedding bands are a rage these days. People tend to opt more for white gold than platinum, since though both look almost the same, white gold is much less expensive than the rare metal platinum. It is basically a combination of yellow gold and any other metal which by its properties is white in color. Today we raise a huge hue and cry over white gold wedding bands but there is a very interesting history to the popularity of white gold as a metal.
Peeking into the past
If one thought that white gold is phenomena restricted to only the later half and twenty first century, then it is time for them to think again. It was since the early part of the nineteen hundreds. Or more precisely the 1920s from when white gold started to gain recognition as a popular metal for jewelry.
White gold wedding bands were a hit back then as well. Generally Rhodium, which is also white in color, is used to paint the nascent white gold to add more whiteness to it these days. However back in the days when the world wars ended, nickel was more popularly used to plate the white gold. The reason behind this was that nickel which had been so long restricted within the military itself was now available in the market at a cheaper cost. However it was observed that nickel produced a lot of allergies on various skin types and hence rhodium took its place.
Your ring needs care
We need to take care of ourselves in order to ensure that our body functions well. We can keep up with the daily problems that we face. The same is also true for white gold wedding bands. If one does not take good care of the bands, it will corrode with time. White gold is not as strong and solid as gold or platinum. Hence white gold wedding bands require more care than ordinary golden wedding bands.
There is no need to become apprehensive. The steps are really simple and if one follows them, the wedding bands will look new forever. If white gold wedding bands develop a scratch there is no need to worry. One simply needs to be patient. These scratches with the passage of time blend with the tone of the band and becomes even with it. Like any other ring white gold wedding bands also become dull when it comes with the contact of other soaps or detergents.
All one needs to do in such a scenario is to wipe the band with a soft cloth. So that it sustains no scratches in the process. One must remember however that the plating that is provided on the top consisting of rhodium will decay with time. This is something that one cannot avoid. However there is a simple solution to it. If one sends back the white gold wedding bands which have become a little discolored to the jewelers, then a re-plating can be always done. In no time will the old and discolored band be shiny and bright as a new one.
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