When referring to “gold,” one is usually speaking of yellow gold, the type symbolically representative of this precious metal. That is the sort one instantly imagines. As a consumer digs deeper, he finds there are two properties of gold which will affect its price, quality, and appearance. One of these is the alloy used to create a gold ring, earrings, etc. The other is its purity or “carat.”
Why is some gold so inexpensive to purchase? The usual answer is that only a small percentage of real gold has been used. Cheaper metals have been alloyed with it to create an affordable product. Certain consumers state they can only wear gold of 18 carats or more because their skin is sensitive to the alloys present or because they are present to an unacceptable level, yellow gold is the least likely to cause an allergic reaction. Yellow gold is also the most flexible, allowing jewellers to create ornate designs.
Rose and White Gold
Consumers might think rose and white gold are actually other metals entirely, but these two types contain real gold, just different alloys. Rose gold is particularly trendy right now, but white gold is also a popular alternative to yellow. As with yellow gold, one must check purity to determine how much of an alloy is present. Their colours are created by these alloys: copper in rose gold, possibly silver in white. Rose gold is considered more durable than regular gold and many consumers love its unusual shade. White gold is neutral compared with yellow gold, making it more complementary when paired with certain gem stones.
Choosing Gold for Rings and other Jewellery
Jewellers select types of gold to combine with particular types of stones. For example, white gold forms a particularly stunning backdrop for just about any colour of stone, particularly diamonds, lapis lazuli, and sapphire. Garnet, amethyst, and diamond are also shown to beautiful effect against rose gold. Some consumers and designers would say that yellow gold is not as attractive a base for diamond, blue, and other stones which might appear to clash with its hue. Instead of setting a gem stone or multiple gem stones into gold, one can create a dramatic effect by combining two tones of metal, one or both of them a type of gold.
Uses for Gold
Just about all types of jewellery have been crafted from these three types of gold. Yellow is the usual sort chosen for wedding and engagement rings. The other two are more likely to be chosen for celebrating mother’s day, a birthday, or an anniversary, at least where rings are concerned. Numerous jewellers utilize rose gold in the making of chains, bracelets, pendants, and earrings. White gold is a popular form for men’s jewellery including chains, watches, and cufflinks. How often you see any of them in display cabinets and how much they will cost is tied to the rarity and price of the metals used.