White gold is also known as gray gold in the world of jewelry. Developed in the 1920s, it is a gold alloy to which small quantities of palladium or nickel have been added to give it a luminous white sheen.
The 18-carat white gold alloy used by Van Cleef & Arpels is made with palladium rather than nickel, in order to maintain the metal’s color and sparkle over time. In the Maison’s workshops, jewelers polish white gold pieces to create a smooth and shiny appearance. The precious metal’s natural matt gray finish takes on a brilliant sheen once a thin layer of rhodium metal has been applied, heightening the sparkle and whiteness of the gold.
Socrate ring (large model)
Socrate Between the Finger Ring
White gold’s popularity has been increasing again since the 1990s. Today, its unique sparkle lends its elegance to precious stones and highlights the clarity of the diamonds.
Van Cleef & Arpels has given pride of place to this precious metal in its Socrate collection, among others.
To provide clients with a guarantee of the highest quality, the Maison’s jewelers stamp all gold jewelry with a hallmark certifying its purity.
In France and throughout much of the world, this 18-carat hallmark depicts the head of an eagle; in some countries like Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, the 18-carat hallmark depicts the head of a St. Bernard and a scale of 750 thousandths.