Choose your Gold

20th, July 2016

Gold appears in all shapes and sizes, and when choosing your jewellery, remember gold also blends into different colours. Mixing gold with other metals is what creates the colour and durability of the gold.

Yellow Gold

24 karat gold is 99.9% pure, in comparison to other karats it is soft and can bend easily; this is why most people use 14K or 18K which is alloyed with metals like zinc and copper to make your jewellery more durable.

Yellow gold is traditionally the most popular metal for wedding and engagement rings. It’s the purest of all colours of gold and requires the least maintenance.

White Gold

White gold is an alloy of pure gold and a white metal varying from silver, nickel, manganese, and often coated in rhodium, which is gives the white gold appearance.

Because white gold is more affordable than platinum, it is more popular than yellow gold.  It is alloyed with stronger metals than yellow gold which makes is more durable and scratch resistant. The rhodium plating often needs replacing every few years to retain its colour. Nickel can cause allergic reactions in some people, making white gold non-hypo-allergenic as long as it is not alloyed with nickel.

Rose Gold

Rose gold is alloyed with copper giving it the rose appearance, the more copper the redder the gold. The most common alloy for rose gold is 75% gold and 25% copper (18K). Like white gold, rose gold is also an alloy; there is no pure rose gold.

Rose gold is considered to be the most romantic metal due to its pinkish colour. Copper is very durable making the rose gold tougher than yellow and white gold. It complements all skin tones; however be aware the copper can cause allergic reactions in some people.

When shopping for gold jewellery always remember to consider the style, durability and maintenance of the piece.  This will help decide the karat quantity and colour of your jewellery.  Also remember to find out if you have any allergies to any of the alloyed metals before buying.


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