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Sterling Silver VS White Gold *alyssa* Pennsylvania 12234 posts
17th Oct '11

whats the difference? i found a ring i love, they have it in white gold and sterling silver. The sterling silver is part of an early black friday sale and with the coupon code i have it brings it down to under $500 with free shipping. The white gold one is a ct more and will be around $800 with free shipping. It is not included in the sale :(



So whats the real difference in the metals

Jelly b**bs! Seattle, Washington 872 posts
17th Oct '11

Gold is actually gold, and worth more right now. I believe it just has a white plating on it to make it white. I love white gold.

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
17th Oct '11

Sterling silver will probably tarnish/wear down a LOT faster than white gold. White gold is much better quality too.

user banned Ohio 4193 posts
17th Oct '11

Sterling silver is well... sterling silver. White gold is *I believe* rhodium plated gold.

*alyssa* Pennsylvania 12234 posts
17th Oct '11

I've only ever worn white gold so i have no idea what the difference really is lol. i was thinking it would turn me colors or something. I really hope my SO can take a damn hint (i'm not being very subtle) and get me this ring!!!

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting leah&jackson's mommy[TBT]:" Sterling silver will probably tarnish/wear down a LOT faster than white gold. White gold is much better quality too."

terling silver, white gold, and platinum are the three metals used for jewelry that are "silver" in color. Since it's misleading to refer to white gold as silver in any way, shape, or form (since there is an actual metal called "silver"), the jewelry industry uses the term "white" for silver-colored metals.



The three white metals are different in all ways. Here's a look at how each is used in jewelry and some info you'll need to know when deciding on what to buy.



STERLING SILVER: Sterling silver is the least expensive of the white metals. It's usually stamped "925," which means 92.5% pure silver, and 7.5% other metals. Sterling is used to make neckchains, earrings, rings, bracelets, charms, and anklets. Precious gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc., are rarely, if ever, set in sterling silver. What are commonly set in sterling are the semiprecious stones like onyx, jade, turquoise, and others.
STERLING SILVER PROS: Sterling is very inexpensive and, thus, it's easy to build up a nice collection of pieces of all kinds.
STERLING SILVER CONS: Sterling is relatively soft, it tarnishes, it requires frequent cleaning, and it doesn't offer, in most cases, formal designs. It's a tad more casual, but, in a sense, more fun, because you can buy something for almost every outfit and occasion. Also, some people cannot wear sterling due to metal allergies, especially in the ears. Gold and platinum are essentially hypoallergenic and almost everyone can wear then with no problem. Sterling does cause some people to break out in a rash. (If that happens, remove the jewelry, wash the area with alcohol, and rub a little over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream on the rash and it should clear right up.)



WHITE GOLD: White gold is the most popular "silver" metal. It's used primarily for rings, although you can also find chains, bracelets, and other pieces of jewelry in white gold if you look hard enough, or special order it. White gold is hard, and precious stones are always available in white gold settings. For example, if you're girlfriend, or you yourself if you're of the female denomination, are dying for a ruby ring set in white gold, the odds are you should be able to find one to your liking.
WHITE GOLD PROS: As I said, white gold is hard, which gives it durability, and it holds a mirror shine for a long time.
WHITE GOLD CONS: White gold is considerably more expensive than sterling silver. A plain silver band (like a wedding band design) could cost $10 in sterling and $200 in white gold. Also, because of its cost, if you're the type that likes to wear only one color jewelry - yellow or white - it requires a commitment, especially when it comes to rings. Many women do not like mixing yellow gold and white gold rings on their hands, although this is not carved in stone these days and some people like to mix and match. This is a style decision each person can make for themselves. If you decide on "white only" jewelry, you may find less of a selection due to the overwhelming popularity of yellow gold.
http://kwtjk.blogspot.com/2007/10/sterling-silver-white-gold-platinum.html



That helped me out a lot :P

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting *alyssa*:" I've only ever worn white gold so i have no idea what the difference really is lol. i was thinking it ... [snip!] ... would turn me colors or something. I really hope my SO can take a damn hint (i'm not being very subtle) and get me this ring!!!"


It might turn. I've got really sensitive skin and sterling silver turns on me. But it's different for all people. I absolutely HAVE to wear gold/white gold. Anything else turns or irritates my skin.

Jelly b**bs! Seattle, Washington 872 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting leah&jackson's mommy[TBT]:" terling silver, white gold, and platinum are the three metals used for jewelry that are "silver" in color. ... [snip!] ... of yellow gold. http://kwtjk.blogspot.com/2007/10/sterling-silver-white-gold-platinum.html That helped me out a lot :P"


I'm one of those oddballs that only wears white gold.
My TINY, thin white gold neck chain was $500.
Gah, gold is expensive.

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting Jelly Doughnut:" I'm one of those oddballs that only wears white gold. My TINY, thin white gold neck chain was $500. Gah, gold is expensive."


Look at my post after that. I HAVE to wear white gold :P Stupid sensitive body chemistry

*alyssa* Pennsylvania 12234 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting leah&jackson's mommy[TBT]:" Look at my post after that. I HAVE to wear white gold :P Stupid sensitive body chemistry"



ive never tried silver but yellow gold gives me hives lol

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting *alyssa*:" ive never tried silver but yellow gold gives me hives lol"

Yep, silver gives me these weird little bumps and turns my skin green lol

*alyssa* Pennsylvania 12234 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting leah&jackson's mommy[TBT]:" Yep, silver gives me these weird little bumps and turns my skin green lol"



hopefully he takes the hint and just buys me the white gold one lol

user banned Ohio 4193 posts
17th Oct '11
Quoting *alyssa*:" ive never tried silver but yellow gold gives me hives lol"


All white gold is is plated yellow gold. I don't know if it will make a difference regarding the hives you get, but there is no such thing as naturally white gold.

*alyssa* Pennsylvania 12234 posts
18th Oct '11
Quoting ZenMama:" All white gold is is plated yellow gold. I don't know if it will make a difference regarding the hives you get, but there is no such thing as naturally white gold."


yea im not sure why, well no one really is but the yellow on my skin has a reaction and the white doesnt.