When most people think of gold, what typically comes to mind is a shiny, yellow metal. Over the years, people have used gold in jewelry, coins, and even as a form of currency. But what many people don’t know is that gold can come in a variety of colors, such as white and rose gold. White gold is the second most popular color for gold, after yellow gold, and a popular choice in jewelry.
At Silver Spring Jewelry, we have a wide selection of yellow, white, and rose gold jewelry, like this 14kt White Gold Women’s Tiara Wedding Band. Our team will help you choose one that fits your needs and budget. If you have a white gold piece of jewelry, you may wonder if it is possible to turn it back to yellow gold.
What is White Gold?
Before we get to whether you can turn white gold into yellow gold, it’s important to understand a bit about white gold itself. White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, typically platinum and silver or palladium. When these metals are combined, they create a white metal that has a slightly yellowish hue. To give white gold its bright white color, a process called “rhodium plating” is often used. Rhodium is a white metal that is part of the platinum family. When applied to white gold, it creates a bright, shiny finish.
Besides the white color, adding alloys to gold gives it a rigid shape. Gold is a very soft metal that bends easily, which is not ideal for jewelry items like rings. In fact, all gold jewelry, whether yellow, rose, or white gold, have some alloy metals in them to increase durability.
Can You Turn White Gold Into Yellow Gold?
Now that we know what white gold is, you might wonder if it’s possible to turn white gold into yellow gold. While it is technically possible to transform white gold into yellow gold, it is not feasible. The white gold has to be melted to remove the white alloys that give white gold its color. The remaining yellow gold is solidified and reshaped.
But if you really want to turn your white piece yellow, you could consider plating it with yellow gold. The result will not be as pure as yellow gold, but it will give your piece a more uniform yellow look.