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Gold : The Immortal Metal

Gold has an extraordinary heritage with unique qualities. Containing no oxides, gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Although gold is very strong, it's also the most malleable of all precious metals. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewellery.

Purity

Pure gold is generally very soft and not considered ideal for making jewellery. Hence it is alloyed with mixture of silver, zinc, copper or nickel to give it durability and strength. Gold purity is often denoted by a number followed by letter 'K' which indicates how much metal is there in a piece of jewellery. Karatage is expressed in 24ths, making 24K gold 100% pure. Below is the breakdown of percentage of pure gold in each of the popular karat weight.

Karatage Percentage of Gold
24K 100%
22K 91.60%
18K 75%
14K 58.30%
12K 50%

Color

Color of the gold is generally determined by two factors -

  • The type of metal alloys included
  • Percentage of metal alloys included

Yellow Gold:

Natural gold and color-saturated alloys are what give yellow gold jewelry its rich shine. The alloys most commonly used, are copper with a red hue, and silver featuring a green hue. An expert mixture of copper, silver and pure gold gives this precious metal its signature warmth.

White Gold:

A silvery white color is what makes white gold jewelry so appealing. The alloys most commonly used to make yellow gold white are nickel & silver. White gold jewelry is also usually plated with a metal called rhodium to give the metal its shine & luster. Although strong the rhodium may wear out after time.

Rose Gold:

A beautiful pink hue of rose gold jewelry is created using gold & cooper alloy when mixed proportionately. Originally know as Russian gold, pink/rose gold jewelry is becoming popular in 21st century specially used in wedding bands, bracelets and other jewelry.

Silver: The Artzy Metal

Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product.

The most commonly used silver is sterling silver. It contains 92.5% of silver and 7.5% of copper. Although any other metal can be used to make up the 7.5% of non-silver, with years of research it is advised to use copper, as it is the best companion is ensuring metal's hardness & durability.

Sterling silver jewelry is often plated with a thin coat of .999 fine silver to give the jewellery a shiny finish. This process is called "flashing". Silver jewelry can also be plated with rhodium (for a bright, shiny look) or gold (to produce silver gilt).

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