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by Liza Hartung

When you want the look of a white metal, but you don't want to spring for the price of platinum, go for white gold diamond studs. The look of white gold is a slightly darker grey than platinum, but the price of white gold is about half that of platinum. To the untrained eye, there isn't much of a difference between the two popular jewelry metals. Is anyone wondering why white gold is significantly less expensive than platinum?

I'll tell you why. It is because white gold is an alloy, or mixture, of gold and other elements. To make white gold, a mix of 75 percent gold is used with other metals that turn it white. Usually, these metals consist of silver and palladium. Platinum, however, is used to make jewelry at 95 percent of its pure state.

When white gold jewelry is first formed, it is coated with rhodium. This coating helps give the white gold an even whiter look. Although rhodium is hard, it starts to wear eventually. Because of this, you should have your White Gold Diamond Studs recoated about every year or year and a half. You will have to pay a fee, but it will be well worth it to keep up the classic look of your jewelry.

White Gold Diamond Studs vs. Regular Gold
There are a few reasons why you might want to choose white gold diamond studs instead of regular gold. First, and most obviously, you like it better. Always use that as your number one guide. Of course, if you happen to like the most expensive thing the best, you might want to compromise somewhere. White gold gives a kind of uniform beauty when paired with diamonds. In addition, white gold looks better on fairer skin than gold does.

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