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What is the Difference Between White Gold and Silver?

A question I often get here at Lacee Alexandra is ‘what is the difference between white gold and silver.’ White gold is sometimes mistaken for silver because the production process takes away the yellow tint in favor of a white-silver finish. The most obvious difference between white gold and silver however is that they are made from two different metals. When choosing a piece of jewelry you need to consider whether you are looking for a heirloom piece that will last generations or a piece of jewelry that may wear overtime but is easier on your savings account.

Aquamarine Textured Silver Ring

Sterling Silver Riva Ring (top) & Sterling Silver Aquamarine Isle Ring (bottom)

So what is sterling silver?

Sterling silver is a precious metal that’s most commonly mixed with copper. It is the least expensive of all white metals. The reason silver is mixed with other materials is to give it strength and ensure it won’t be too soft for your sparkly treasures.

Organic White Gold Diamond Ring

White Gold Cascades Ring with Diamonds

What is white gold?

White gold is an alloy of gold. It is produced by combining pure gold and alloy metals that have a white color which gives the sparkly white look to the regular gold. White gold is just as strong and durable as its yellow sister and makes an excellent choice for future heirlooms.

How to decide on silver or white gold?

Beside the point that white gold and silver are entirely two different metals, the other main differences are the durability and price point between the two.  When choosing an everyday piece like an engagement or wedding ring, white gold is a safer choice for durability as it will be resistant to wear. Silver is soft and scratches much easier making it a better choice for more fun pieces like statement earrings and necklaces. Solid gold comes in at a higher price point than silver which is something to consider, but if you are looking for a piece that will last a lifetime I would always recommend going with white gold so you can continue to tell your story of adventure for generations to come.