The Merchant of Venice, 1596, Shakespeare
MOROCCO:O hell! what have we here?
A carrion Death, within whose empty eye.
There is a written scroll!
I'll read the writing. All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold.
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll'd:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.
This year white gold and sterling silver are making its comeback. So which is best? Sterling Silver is less expensive than any other tone of gold. It is softer so it is best used for jewelry not worn everyday or for extended periods. It is also prone to oxidization and should be cleaned often. The types of jewelry which are best in Sterling Silver are dress rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces. You should stay away from Sterling Silver when purchasing engagement or wedding rings. White gold is just one of many tones of available gold. White gold actually contains some silver.
Did you know, in order to keep white gold pretty you should protect it by applying a coat of Rhodium which is another white metal that is very similar to platinum. Who knew? Rhodium will make the white gold look whiter but it will wear off and should be reapplied every 12 to 18 months.
There is no doubt that both of these metals are hot fashion items. And, with just a few little facts, you can determine which metal is best for you. When selecting, always determine the type of wear or occasion, price, care and quality of the jewelry you wish to purchase. Some of our most fashionable statements have been made using these metals and they are here to stay. Either way, your selection will put you at the top of this year’s fashion forward frenzy because "all that glitters is not gold”!