What I'm wondering is if there's a way of getting that same
milk-white surface in the depressions on the white gold through
some easy studio process ... or if the only way to achieve the same
look is to plate with fine silver over the white gold (this seems
to me an odd thing to do) in order to get that creamy white in the
Hi Julia, I don't think anyone's tackled your question, so I'll
give it a shot. As far as I know, you cannot depletion-gild white
gold. Unlike silver, which is commonly depletion-gilded, white gold
is not alloyed with copper, the element that forms the oxide that
gets pickled away, leaving the fine silver coating behind.
The only way to get a truly white color on white gold that I'm aware
of is to plate it. You wouldn't use silver, however, but rather
rhodium, which is tougher (and a close relative of platinum). As
long as you disclose to the customer that the piece is
rhodium-plated, it is perfectly acceptable and ethical to do this.
Hope this helps.