The Right White

Consumers may not know the implications of having rhodium-plated jewelry—in fact, they may not even have a clue that their favorite pieces are plated—but retailers and manufacturers have long grappled with the pros and cons of making and selling white gold jewelry. Now, it seems, change is on the horizon. While the White Gold Task Force works toward releasing a set of guidelines at the June JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, David Skuza, vice president of the W.R. Cobb Company in Cranston, R.I., has come up with his own solution for the clients to whom he sells findings and finished solitaire settings: a durable and beautiful white gold that does not need rhodium plating. W.R. Cobb, a full-service manufacturer since 1877, is always testing new ideas, and a few years ago its employees were working on a project that yielded a very pretty 22k gold that, when alloyed, was about as hard as 16k gol

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