White Gold in Wire Jewelry

by Dale Armstrong

I have never seen any white gold wire used in wire jewelry. Is it the color of true sterling silver, or is it still yellow? Does it work the same as gold filled wire? I have tried Argentium wire, but was dissatisfied with its dullness. Just tired of tarnish!

-Karen in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Ah ha, Florida, like me you fight tarnish like the plague it is!

First let me tell you that there is no such thing as "white" gold naturally. For a full discussion of this fact, I'd like to refer back to this tip from November 2009: What Is White Gold? (read the comments, too!). So no, I don't think using white gold wire is your answer.

Now on to your other comment. I wonder if you are polishing your Argentium wire with a cloth while you work with it? I have used Argentium for more than 5 years now and I love its bright, white color. To me, when both kinds of wire are polished and clean, lying side-by-side, sterling silver has a gray tint when placed next to Argentium that is a bright white. Anyone else?

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong


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