Saturday, July 10, 2010

White Gold Wedding Bands - Get Married Today With Modern Style

When you are planning your wedding, there is no detail that is overlooked. One of the first decisions made is the wedding band. It is important to find a jeweler that has not only quality products, but also a good reputation.

A wedding band is a symbol of love and commitment that will be worn every day for the rest of your life. When you put the rings on each other’s fingers, it is a moment you will remember forever.

More and more, white gold wedding bands are being chosen over the traditional gold bands. It is a beautifully unique and elegant way to show your love.

There are many different styles of white gold wedding bands to choose from. Whether it is a plain band, or an ornate designwith jewels, making a choice may be difficult.

If you are creative, you may want to design your own gold wedding band. This would be a one of a kind creation that you and your spouse will cherish for the rest of your life.

When you design your own white gold wedding bands, it is important that you give the jeweler plenty of time to create them. You should place your order three to four months before the wedding to ensure that you receive them in time, avoiding any potential problems.

It is recommended that you set a budget for yourself before shopping for white gold wedding bands. Many people go over budget without realizing it. Tell your jeweler what your budget is and he or she will show you an incredible selection within your price range.

Many times, couples choose the perfect white gold wedding bands only to find that the price tag is too much. By advising your jeweler beforehand, you are eliminating the chance of disappointment.

By Christy Baker

Popular White Gold Jewellery

I heard about white gold a few years ago and remember how intrigued I was to hear about an alternative to traditional yellow gold.

There is a lot of very popular jewellery out there today. One of the most popular is the white gold jewelry. However, what makes this kind of jewelry so popular? On top of that, what makes this gold turn white? These are all questions that we are going to answer, so if you have ever wonder this kind of information about white gold, then just keep on reading!

First of all, white gold is still gold. However, it is an alloy of gold that has been mixed with at least one other metal. Normally the two most commonly used white metals that get added to it are nickel and palladium. Just like the yellow gold that we have come to know and love, the white gold's purity is, of course, given to us in carats. This lets you know how much of it is actually gold and how much of it has been mixed with another metal. One thing to keep in mind is that you can never have a full gold ring. That is because gold by itself is way too soft. It has to be mixed with another metal to make it stronger. If you did not mix it, you would be able to simply press on it and bend it.

Whenever you are dealing with white gold jewelry, there are a few different purposes it can be used for. First of all, when white gold is made with nickel, it's a lot stronger than other white gold jewellery. This means that it is perfect for making things like rings and pins. However, when it is mixed with palladium, it becomes a lot softer and more workable. This makes it perfect to be used on gemstone jewelry. Most of the time, the highest carat white gold you are going to find is 18k. As said before, white gold is usually mixed with one or more metals, so they will often use palladium or nickel, but things like silver and copper get added in as well. In the really high class white gold rings, you can find things like platinum being used.

One more thing to keep in mind about white gold is that it does not retain it's shine quite like other metals do, thus, a lot of times white gold has to be coated with rhodium. This gives it a very nice shine, but sometimes it has been known to rub off over time. Although it is unlikely, it does happen. Without the coating of this rhodium, very few people would like the dull look of white gold.

So why do people like the white gold look so much nowadays? When did all the jewelry start getting made out of white gold? This really came about as the rappers got into the white gold look. Although some people still really like the yellow gold look, it is a little bit too traditional for some people. That is why they go with the very modern looking white gold. Of course, we sometimes see these fads change back and forth, so no one knows when yellow gold will come back into style.

By Kelly Hunter

Buying Gold: Things To Look Out For...

The first rule when you are buying any type of gold jewelry is a simple one: make sure that the gold is hallmarked. Gold is stamped according to how pure it is as you can have 24K,22K,18K,14K,10K, and 9K.

There are some instances where the hallmark comes in the form of a fraction to show the exact percentage of its purity. When looking into gold jewelry you need to look if there are the letters GP or EP anywhere on the piece of jewelry. GP stands for gold that is not pure gold but gold-plated. This is important because a piece of jewelry that you think is inexpensive can carry this insignia and it basically means that there is not much actual gold on the piece. EP means that the gold is electro-plated.

If you run into someone selling gold where there is no marking on the gold at all assume the worst that it is goldtone which is not gold in any way but a metal which is golden in color. If the price of a gold piece of jewelry is too good to be true it probably is. There are many types of gold available at different prices just be aware of the different worth of each type of gold and then see if it is a good deal or not.

You can not judge gold by its color. Even though with gold with a higher level of purity it will be brighter in color than a lower level purity gold. If you are looking into buying gold jewelry which is older if it is solid gold it should still not tarnish. If the piece is made from goldtone or is gold plated than it generally will show some sign of tarnishing.

These are some little things to know about gold, but considering gold and gold jewelry can be expensive it can be wise to have a professional jeweler or metals expert look at a piece you will be buying to see if it is the read deal or just fool’s gold.

By Christine Loxley
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