Jewelry is often used for symbolic purposes but the most symbolic pieces of jewelry have to be the wedding bands and engagement ring. They are meant to be worn for a lifetime and as such it is important to ensure that you get it right.
One important thing you will probably come across while searching for the perfect ring is whether you should go for silver or white gold. Many people are perplexed on the difference between the two as they tend to look pretty much the same. Since these are the main metal choice when it comes to rings however, it is important to know the difference so that you can make the right choice.
The first difference is the color, though this is a very slight variation. Silver tends to have a darker shade of grey than white gold although this is not something that is very easily noticeable. White gold gets its brilliant white color from the Rhodium that is used to coat it. With time this fades to reveal the original pale yellow color of the gold but this can easily be fixed by taking it back to the jeweler to be re-coated.
The next difference is the quality and use. White gold is much stronger than silver and as such it is better suited to making every day piece of jewelry such as engagement rings and wedding bands. Silver is a very soft metal and would easily get destroyed if put to everyday use. It is better suited as a piece that is worn only occasionally. The softness of silver also means that only semi-precious stones can be set on it as it cannot support stones such as diamond.
The difference in quality and use gives rise to the next difference which is price. White gold is generally much pricier than silver due to its versatility. Silver tarnishes quite easily and it oxidizes with time to turn black. This also contributes to its cheaper price as a lot of care is needed to keep it in good shape. While white gold also does fade with time to revert to its original pale yellow color it can easily be re-coated with Rhodium to return its former brilliance.
So there you have the main differences between white gold and silver. Bear them in mind as you make your ring choice so that you can buy a high quality ring that will last as long as you need it to.