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What is the difference between White Gold and Yellow Gold?

Asked by T. Lopez, Last updated: Oct 21, 2020

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M. Pollock

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Answered Oct 13, 2020

Pure gold is too soft for jewelry, which loses shape over time, which is why other substances are added in other to make it stronger, which also leads to different colors. Most people mistake white gold for diamonds; however, white gold is as real as a bar of yellow gold. Some people have a misconception that the raw white gold is white.

To get the shiny white look, the gold undergoes a rhodium plating process. The main difference between a bar of white gold and yellow gold is the metal mixture.

This also includes the percentage of copper, silver, nickel, palladium, and zinc used to make them. The white gold has more zinc and nickel, while the yellow gold has more copper.

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C. Perez

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Answered Oct 13, 2020

White gold and yellow gold are two kinds of gold. You might not notice any difference between the two if you decide to compare their weight. However, they can be well differentiated when you compare the mixture of alloys used in making the two kinds of gold. Yellow gold is usually made by mixing alloys of zinc and copper with pure gold.

In contrast, white gold is usually made by mixing metals like palladium and silver with pure gold. While both truly have their uniquenesses, the demand for white gold is higher than that of yellow gold. This is largely due to the silver color of white gold.

Another difference is that white gold is scratch proof due to the alloys it is made with, whereas yellow gold is not scratch proof. Also, white gold is more expensive compared to yellow gold. However, yellow gold also looks more classic compared to white gold.

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T. Wikati

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T. Wikati, Technical Writer, New York

Answered Oct 11, 2020

White and Yellow are two of the most popular types of gold. One of the differences between them is how they are produced. Yellow gold is made from zinc, copper, and pure gold. White gold is made from different things, like nickel, silver, palladium, and manganese.

Another difference between them is how likely they are to scratch. Between the two, white gold is not as likely to have scratches, whereas yellow gold is more likely to have scratches. If a person is looking for a more classier look, they should go with white gold, as yellow gold gives off more of a fake appearance.

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C.Charlotte

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Answered Feb 17, 2020

The two most popular colors of gold are yellow and white. When making jewelry, yellow gold is a combination of pure gold, copper, and zinc, and white gold is mixed with palladium, manganese, nickel, and silver. White gold is less likely to acquire scratches, as opposed to yellow gold. White gold tends to appear classier with diamonds than yellow gold, which has been said to appear tacky or fake.

However, yellow gold does not need to be re-plated, which can save you some money in the end. White gold looks impeccable on cool skin tones, while yellow gold is particularly lovely on people with warm skin tones. However, the current trend of jewelry is silver and platinum, which has become more popular than yellow gold.

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