Here's What You Need To Know
Easily one of the most recognized and beautiful precious metals. Gold comes in a wide variety of colors and levels of fineness. With those two being the most important aspects of gold when it comes to choosing jewelry, it's important to know exactly what to buy and why. Gold is also less reactive than most metals, although a lower "karat" can cause reactions due to other metals.
We'll begin by talking about the karat or fineness of gold, which in the jewelry world is usually seen in these different forms.
14K (585) Gold - One of the most popular fineness of gold when it comes to jewelry. This is because 14K remains as mostly gold and it's mixture with other metals often makes it very durable. Although the color of 14K gold is often not as strong as finer grades of gold, it is the best option when saving money but looking for something special.
18K (750) Gold - This is a favorite among those purchasing pendants or jewelry for special occasions, however, when you don't want to over spend on the piece itself and still have it looking exquisite. 18K gold has a much more appealing gold yellow while still being durable enough for occasional or light-duty wear.
22K+ (834+) Gold - Most golds in the 22K - 24K range are high in gold content, and considered to be very fine and not durable. However, gold in this range appears much more yellow in color than others. Most pieces in this range are made to order for very special pieces as gold in this karat range is expensive.
Yellow Gold: Depending on the fineness of the gold, yellow gold is often mixed with a few other metals that allow the gold to retain it's deep yellow color and is a favorite for those wishing to let their jewelry pieces stand out and shine beautifully.
White Gold: This is usually mixed with a variety of metals depending on the strength needed for the design. Unplated white gold often has a very slight yellow tint to it, however it is usually coated with rhodium for resistance against scratches.
Rose Gold: To achieve the beautiful rose gold color the most common metal added to the gold is copper. Varying the amounts of copper produces different tints of the redish color. It should be noted that both rose and white gold can never be true 24K gold, since they do have to be mixed with other metals in order to achieve this color
Another favorite of many is silver, for it's expensive shine while remaining affordable. Although pure silver jewelry is scarcely seen, as it would be too soft to use in worn jewelry. Most silver jewelry is either plated or the common sterling silver. Silver can react with other elements in the environment and is thus not as popular when compared to gold in quality jewelry.
Sterling Silver: This is the most common way that quality silver jewelry is created, it is an alloy of silver that is usually marked as 925 for it's 92.5% silver content. The other metals used in this alloy are added in order to retain the beauty of the silver and of course the strength of the piece as well.
Platinum is a less commonly selected metal for jewelry, however, is just as incrediable as others. While platinum is often more expensive in jewelry: it is extremely tough and durable. Although, it may not have the same shine that gold does, it has a unique look that undoubtedly says class. Platinum is also one of the least reactive and allergy safe elements.
Although we haven't covered all of the available metals or materials used in jewelry, which way may add in the future. What you
decide to use in your jewelry is completely up to you, and there should be no pressure. Custom pieces can often be made with a large variety of materials. From tungsten to steel, each piece of jewelry is unique and should fit the individual wearing it.