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White_Gold

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									White Gold

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Summary:
White Gold began gaining popularity in the early 1900’s as an alternative
to platinum. Platinum was steadily becoming more fashionable, but
because of its rarity many could not afford it.


Keywords:
gold, platinum, white gold, engagement rings, gold


Article Body:
White Gold began gaining popularity in the early 1900’s as an alternative
to platinum. Platinum was steadily becoming more fashionable, but
because of its rarity many could not afford it. Then, during World War II
the government put a ban on the use of Platinum for any non-military
functions and the demand for White Gold skyrocketed.

The most common alloys added to gold to produce white gold are nickel,
palladium and silver. Most white gold jewelry is also given an
electroplated rhodium coating to intensify brightness.

Throughout this process, white gold retains many of the benefits of gold.
It won’t tarnish and due to the metals added, it is stronger than its
yellow counterpart.

Recently, palladium has replaced nickel as the common alloy in white
gold. It seems that a small percent of the population-approximately 12-
15%-has an allergic reaction to nickel causing skin irritation and
rashes. It is now required by law that jewelry pieces containing nickel
be labeled “nickel-containing.”


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_gold
http://www.gold.org/jewellery/technology/colours/white.html
http://www.govmint.com/knowledgebase/PreciousMetals.aspx

								
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