Friday, July 03, 2009

White on White Inlay

I just finished a set of complimentary engagement rings that have white on white inlay. They are both made out of palladium with 14K white gold inlay. Why, you may ask, white on white inlay? Well, all white metals are different shades of white... ranging from warm white/yellow tones to greys.

So, palladium is a true white metal (in the platinum family) with a slight grey color... and almost a hint of purple. White gold, on the other hand, is inherently yellow, so it creates a warm yellow tone. This is because gold is yellow. When it comes out of the ground it is yellow and then you add other metals to change the color.

For example, white gold has nickel (or palladium) added to it to make it white, red gold has a higher content of copper and green gold has a higher content of silver added to it. There are other alloys added to each, but usually the metals and the amounts are a secret to each shop or refinery.

Now, each of these rings has white on white inlay. Unfortunately, the domed surface of the bypass ring makes it very difficult to see. But, under the right lighting... and possibly, the right circumstances... it is visible. And I somewhat like that, because it's almost like a little secret that nobody else needs to know is there.

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