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Difference Between White Gold and Yellow Gold

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Here are some things to consider when choosing the kind of gold that would suit you. Consider asking yourself questions like: What do I wear most of the time? Think about the color of your wardrobe that is predominant in your closet. Ask yourself if your skin reacts to metals. What are these metals that make your skin itch? Am I amenable to re-plating my jewelry every year that passes by just to make them look like new? The answers to your questions are here and you must read on.

Gold comes in different karats and color forms. The most frequently used colors of gold are white and yellow gold. We can count on several differences between these types including their advantages and disadvantages. As these two kinds of gold are in question, let us “weigh” them ourselves.

These two kinds of gold weigh the same as far as the karat is concerned. One difference they hold is their mixture of alloys in order to make them strong as pure gold is soft and pliable. Yellow gold is a mixture of pure gold and alloys of copper and zinc. White gold, on the other hand, is made out of a mixture of pure gold and some white metals like silver and palladium.

Nickel used to be mixed with gold traditionally, but ever since it was discovered to cause allergies on human skin, its use was eventually avoided.

White gold is chosen widely by many people due to its silver color than that of the yellow gold although it is sometimes more expensive when it is mixed with platinum or titanium. White gold is scratch proof compared to yellow gold taking into consideration the alloys with which it is mixed. With rings, white gold is mostly preferred as it complements the color of the diamond while yellow gold creates the illusion of a yellow tone in the diamond stone.

White gold made with nickel could be an allergen. Its color appears to be faded. It sometimes is paired off with rhodium in order to give it a “shiny” effect, but rhodium fades and wears off. So you need to re-plate it every time it wears and it would cost you extra.

While white gold fades, yellow gold has this classic color for rings. Older gold rings are much better looking than the newly made ones. It is due to its components. Yellow gold does not require the need to be re-plated; so there is your savings. There is also a lower risk of allergic reactions.

Yellow gold would look nice with people with warm skin tones but would make people with cool skin tones look pale or washed out. Yellow gold is not the “in” thing nowadays, the current being silver and platinum. It has to be polished regularly to retain its shine and is more prone to scratches and dents.

The only thing that makes these two types of gold the same is their being “pure gold” and by being exquisite when put in jewelry form. They are both good choices. White gold coming from European countries no longer contains nickel. Nickel is usually substituted with palladium. A nickel-free white gold is more expensive than yellow gold or the standard white gold. But nothing comes close than owning pieces made out of yellow gold.


1. Yellow and white gold have different metal alloy mixtures.

2. Yellow gold looks more elegant and classic than white gold.

3. Yellow gold needs less maintenance than white gold.

4. White gold is more perfect than yellow gold when paired with a diamond stone.

5. Yellow gold and white gold differ in prices.

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  1. As I have seen in my country, yellow gold is preferred because of its traditional look and it suits us too. But it is entirely one’s choice if we want an expensive version or less maintainable yellow gold. since yellow gold does not look good with pale tone, it should be avoided.

  2. Cool, i used to thought platinum as white gold. but find out that white gold is something else.

  3. Nice Article. I buy gold and silver jewelry and I get a lot of questions from customers about the difference between white gold and yellow gold and this article explains it pretty well.

  4. I see a lot of 10ct. gold jewelery. I was wondering if that could possibly mean a lot more platinum or palladium in the pieces? If that is the metal they choose to use?

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