What is the difference between white gold and sterling silver ???

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    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    Reported as spam

    1. recommend1 profile image60
      recommend1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      linked white spam or linked sterling spam ?

      1. oceansnsunsets profile image84
        oceansnsunsetsposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      2. Tammy Favata profile image64
        Tammy Favataposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        ha ha

    2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image86
      mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I now so want a ring made of 'spam', imagine that, I had no idea that white gold and sterling silver were both spam, I thought you just ate it in sandwiches (if desperate) big_smile big_smile big_smile

  2. melpor profile image91
    melporposted 13 years ago

    White gold is a mixture of some silver, nickel or zinc combined with a little copper to give the alloy a yellowish color  and this alloy is added to gold to make white gold. Sterling silver is practically all silver.

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      ryankettposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      The zinc is usually added to harden the metal, so a small amount of zinc would be added to the alloy.

  3. Ellarose92 profile image60
    Ellarose92posted 13 years ago

    Ive always wondered this same question haha. i link just plain gold or sterling silver

  4. Cagsil profile image72
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    One is gold and one is silver. I thought this would be self explanatory. lol

  5. melpor profile image91
    melporposted 13 years ago

    Cagsil, gold is not 100% gold unless it is 24 KT gold. Anything less will be gold mixed with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc, and nickel.  Sterling silver is about 93%  silver and the other 3% is usually copper.

    1. Cagsil profile image72
      Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Melpor, I don't really care. lol But, thank you for the lesson. wink

  6. Tammy Favata profile image64
    Tammy Favataposted 13 years ago

    My wedding ring is white gold. They told me that it was actually yellow gold mixed with nickel. Then they dipped into something to "Rotiam Plate ii"??? ..... That's what the jeweler told me.

    1. Ken Thibado profile image59
      Ken Thibadoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      White gold alloy used to be mostly a mix of gold and nickel, however some people are allergic to the mix (the reaction is called "nickel itch" actually).

      So typically, if you bought your ring within the last decade it has less nickel in it to cut down on nickel itch and a certain amount of brittleness that a nickel heavy alloy is susceptible to.  The newer alloys have caused complaints that they are too yellowy.  As a result white gold is constantly being tinkered with to find a brighter whiter white (like light-bulbs!)

      Rhodium is actually in the platinum family, which is where it gets its white color from.  But rhodium as a metal is too brittle to work with, however it works very well with electroplating, which is what your jeweler did to make it top white.

  7. Powerpoe1 profile image60
    Powerpoe1posted 13 years ago

    Gold is very mallable, it has to be mixed with a metal to add strength. However, gold is yellow but mixed with other alloys (metals) it turns white, but not a bright white. Rhodium plating is a process that only takes a few minutes. It's a liquid solution and many refer to it as a dip. But, it works like electrolysis and it makes the ring shiny.
    Available in the USA
    platinum- hypo allgernic

  8. Loving Liberty profile image60
    Loving Libertyposted 13 years ago

    A combination of differnt alloys to get the properties desired.

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    georgetilyouposted 13 years ago

    gold comes out of the ground never pure but 3 colors.  yellow the most common. white  and green.


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