Tips for buying white gold rings for women
You’ll probably agree with me that it may be challenging to discover reliable information while looking for a white gold wedding band, let alone know what questions to ask!
This article provides important information you need to make an informed decision about what may be the last piece of jewellery you ever buy.
Insider recommendations such, “Should I buy an 18K white gold wedding ring or 14K?” are included along with details on metals, gender, and production techniques. (I’ll tell you a secret right now: never purchase an 18K white gold wedding band.)
The “Eco-friendly” Recycled White Gold
Wedding Ring is the first ethical aspect of your white gold wedding band.
Nobody wants to wear a wedding ring made of gold that has ruined ecosystems and communities, which represents your love, devotion, and hope for the future.
However, this is sadly the norm in North America, where “eco-friendly” recycled gold is king, for everyone except a select few. You can check rings for daily wear here.
The fact is that recycled gold’s eco-friendly promises are nothing more than greenwashing.
Here is what transpires:
Customers sell their gold rings to a jeweller. The gold used to make such rings is “dirty gold,” which has harmed ecosystems, destroyed vital landscapes, and cyanide and mercury contamination of water sources.
The largest jewellery supply company in the US, Stuller, is one refiner that receives this gold and labels it.
Take note that it is accredited! The particular label, which features a lovely hummingbird:
This accreditation is a huge con since it primarily benefits the refiner, the heart of the greenwashing industry. As a result, it conceals the source of the gold, the places where fish and hummingbirds perish.
The simple fact is that jewellers have always recycled gold. Everybody does it, especially when clients wish to repurpose family-inherited old gold to create new rings.
However, recycling gold has misled many who desire to contribute to a solution.
Only gold that is obtained from small-scale mining communities that mine in order to live and have been supported with extraordinary standards will do if you want truly ethical gold.
Small-Scale Miners’ Certified Gold for Your Special White Gold Wedding Band
Around the world, there are around 40 million small-scale miners. Their lives are marked by exploitation and extreme poverty, making them the main cause of mercury exposure worldwide.
To provide for their families, they mine.
Without a doubt, gold that has been mined ethically or obtained via fair trade has come from one of the following communities:
Only a small number of studio jewellers sell Fairtrade and Fairmined white gold wedding rings in the US because the huge jewellery corporations that dominate the market are more concerned in spinning out phoney marketing claims than altering their supply chain.
Small-scale miners are lifted out of poverty by Fairtrade Gold, which also enables them to engage in mining that is far safer for the environment and for themselves.
You are improving the planet by buying Fairtrade Gold, of course!
Carat vs Karat versus Carrot
The word “carat” refers to the weight of a carob seed and dates back to Greco-Roman era. Carat is a unit of measurement for gemstone weight in jewellery.
White gold wedding bands and other gold jewellery are made of a majority of fine (pure, 24 Karat/24K) gold, which is referred to as karat (a variant of carat).
Which wedding band in white gold is better, 14 or 18 karat?
Because gold is naturally yellow and very soft, alloy must be added to create white gold, which increases its durability and longevity.
A wedding band made of 14K plain white gold contains 58.3% pure gold. A wedding band made of 18K plain white gold contains 75% pure gold. In either scenario, alloy makes up the remaining portion of the metal. You can try out latest rings in white gold from us.