One of the most frequent questions we get asked here at Chupi is ‘what is the difference between white gold and silver’. Precious metals can appear to be a very attractive investment as they never loose their value. White gold is commonly mistaken for silver because its manufacturing process takes away the yellow tinge in favour of a silvery, white finish. The most obvious difference between white gold and silver is that they are made from two different metals.
When choosing a piece of jewellery, you will need to consider whether or not you’re looking for a precious piece that will last a lifetime, or a piece that will wear over time but is a little easier on your wallet.
What is white gold?
White gold is an alloy of gold. It is made by combining pure gold and alloy metals that have a silvery-white colour, such as palladium and silver which gives the shiny white look to the regular gold. White gold jewellery is additionally coated in a precious metal known as rhodium, which adds extra strength and durability to the piece. Rhodium adds a really lustrous white surface sheen, making it the perfect metal to coat and protect precious jewellery. Rhodium comes from the same metal family as Platinum.
What is silver?
Silver is a shiny precious metal that’s usually mixed with copper when making jewellery. Known as sterling silver, it is the least expensive of all white metals. Mixing pure silver with other materials gives it the strength to ensure it won’t be too soft to create beautiful pieces. Sterling silver is the highest grade of silver that can have any practical use and is usually stamped ‘925,’ which means 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 other metals. If silver was any purer, it would be too soft to use.
How to decide on White Gold or Silver
Aside from the fact that white gold and silver are made from two different metals, the other main differences are the price point and durability between them. When shopping for an everyday piece like an engagement or wedding ring, white gold is a much better bet for durability and resistance to wear. Silver is soft and easy to scratch, while white gold is resistant to both corrosion and impact.
As white gold is rarer and more durable than silver, it has a much higher price point. If you’re looking for a piece that will last a lifetime, we would always recommend white gold. When you buy a solid white gold piece from Chupi you have not only a tiny piece of our beautiful island, but a future heirloom that will become part of your story and last forever.
Shop our full collection of precious pieces available in solid gold and solid white gold here.