Tanzanite White Gold
by Madhubanti Rudra
This white gold actually is an alloy of gold mixed with white metals like nickel, silver and palladium. Like white gold, tanzanite is also a new comer in the world of jewellery. It is the beautiful tonal harmony between these two that has made them the hottest couple in the arena of fancy jewellery.
Summary: This white gold actually is an alloy of gold mixed with white metals like nickel, silver and palladium. Like white gold, tanzanite is also a new comer in the world of jewellery. It is the beautiful tonal harmony between these two that has made them the hottest couple in the arena of fancy jewellery.
Emergence of white gold in international market
The lives and works of the great painters are marked by their incessant experimentation with new forms and mediums. The innovative applications of their experimental works have produced great results in forms of creations that have been immortalized in the history of art and culture. The 21st century jewellery designers seem to infuse this ideal in their form of art. This new generation designers have revolutionized the international jewellery industry by introducing the use of new mediums. Their efforts are all about bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary. They stepped out of the boring world of glistening yellow gold and blinding flashes of diamonds, by replacing them with hitherto unused metals like platinum, white gold or oxidized gold and plenty of unknown dazzling semi precious stones.
Tanzanite white gold: the hottest duo
The market responses to these bold experimentations was overwhelming, leading to a steep rise in the demands for this futuristic trinkets, which should better be termed as accessories, rather than ornaments. The philosophy behind these creations being wearability make them fit for any kind of attire – formal or informal. In their attempt to give their creations contemporary at the same time a classy look, the designers put emphasis on the basic colours like white and try to avoid the high degree of brightness. This philosophy is the secret behind immense popularity of white gold. Again, the etiquette of jewllery demands when the colour of metal looks slightly subdued, the stone should display a vivacity of colour. That is why, it is a common practice to team the bright coloured gems with white gold. But it is the superb combination of tanzanite and white gold that has the charisma of becoming the ultimate show stopper. Any person, who has an eye for colour and penchant for beauty, the excellent pairing of white gold and purple tanzanite is bound to invoke emotions. Stealing the purplish hue from amethyst and richness of blue from sapphire, tanzanite demonstrates such an assortment of colour that is unique in itself. And when this magnificence of colour is submerged in the coolness of white gold, then it truly becomes a visual treat for anybody who covets the finer sides of life.
Facts about white gold
The word gold is synonymous with the bright yellow metal that since time immemorial has inspired the awe of mankind and associated with everything that is rich, powerful and prestigious. As the definition of jewellery changed over time and the classy look rather than dressy look emerged as the dominating factor, yellow gold gradually took the back seat and white gold occupied the position of prominence. This white gold actually is an alloy of gold mixed with white metals like nickel, silver and palladium. Like yellow gold, white gold is divided into variety of carats. White gold is found in 9 carat, 10 carat, 14 carat and 18 carat. 18 carat white gold consists of 75% gold and 25% white metal. In most cases 18 carat white gold is mixed with palladium. 9 carat white gold is made up of 3 parts of gold and 5 parts of silver. White gold can also be alloyed with nickel, which renders it a good colour as well as a good hardness. But nickel can produce allergy in sensitive skins. White gold closely resembles platinum in its beauty and sophistication. But platinum which is purest of all metals is much heavier, denser and much more long lasting than gold.A small piece of platinum jewellery commands a price perhaps twice the price of jewellery in white gold. This is another reason why, white gold is in great demand now a days; for a much lesser price one can buy almost the same elegance as platinum.
Facts about tanzanite
Like white gold, tanzanite is also a new comer in the world of jewellery. It is the beautiful tonal harmony between these two that has made them the hottest couple in the arena of fancy jewellery. The rich violet -blue shade, in tanzanite, the chief factor behind its popularity, vary according to the size. The bluish hue increases with the stone size, while smaller and more common stones in the category of 1-3 carats range display the intensity of purple. Price is higher for bigger and bluer stones. However heat treatment for enhancing the colour is a common practice so far as tanzanites are concerned. Tanzanite being a softer variety of gemstone like emerald is very sensitive to knock, pressure and sudden temperature change. So wearing and prevention of tanzanite require special care and attention.
Making tanzanite white gold jewelleries
As said earlier that tanzanite is rather a soft gemstone. Therefore making tanzanite jewellery requires a skillful craftsmanship. At the same time, choice of metal is also a matter of importance. In order to contain the stone, a strong base is required and that is why a 10 carat or 14 carat white gold [which is much stronger than pure 22 carat gold] is used to make tanzanite jewelleries. To provide it an extra protection, prong setting is always recommended. In addition to that, the gold is given a protective coating of rhodium, a silver white metal like platinum. This coating also brightens up the metal.
The specialists recommend a replating once in every year, as the brightness of the metal fades away over time. From earring to bracelet, or ring to necklace, tanzanite and white gold combination works out its magic on every piece of jewellery.For a more artistic touch, some prefer to add a dash of yellow gold along side the white. Sometimes the metal is mat-finished. Thus the scope of innovation is immense. It is only the matter of your decision which of the piece, you will select. But one thing is guarranted, that is, you will always feel proud of your possession.