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-karat 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-karat hallmark depicts the head of an eagle; in some countries like Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, the 18-karat hallmark depicts the head of a St. Bernard and a scale of 750 thousandths.