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Types of Gold Used in Jewellery

Gold is the most valued of all metals in jewellery making. It is the most malleable and ductile of all metals, resistant to rust, damage, and corrosion. It is also touted for the radiance that brings beauty to it. Gold has been used for ages to make jewellery. Trends have come and gone, but the […]

Types of Gold

Gold is the most valued of all metals in jewellery making. It is the most malleable and ductile of all metals, resistant to rust, damage, and corrosion. It is also touted for the radiance that brings beauty to it. Gold has been used for ages to make jewellery. Trends have come and gone, but the craze for it has never gone down.

The purity of gold is measured in carat. A carat divides gold into 24 parts. The lower the percentage of gold, the lower is its caratage. If all 24 out of 24 parts are gold, then it called 24K gold, the purest form of gold. But pure gold is so soft that it cannot be used to make long-standing jewellery. Hence, anything from 22K to 10K gold is used all over the world. In India, the most common form of gold used is 22K gold. But global fashion trends have brought other forms of gold into India, different caratage and even colours!

The different colours are attributed to the metals alloyed with the gold. The most common allying metals are silver, copper, and zinc. The type and percentage of metals determine the shade and colour of gold.

  • Yellow gold is the purest form of all coloured gold because it has the most natural shade of yellow. The shade is the result of a combination of copper, silver and pure gold. Yellow gold is mostly 22K gold used commonly in Asian countries. Known for its classic aesthetic, it makes a good choice for wedding and engagement bands. You can find a wide range of the latest gold jewellery designs in catalogues of big stores.
  • White gold is a more contemporary form of gold formed by mixing gold with metals like copper, zinc, and palladium. The alloy is also coated with rhodium to give it’s signature white colour. It also makes it more durable and scratch resistant. White gold resembles platinum but is a cheaper alternative to both yellow gold as well as platinum.
  • The beautiful pink hue of Rose gold is due to a higher amount of copper and a lesser amount of silver in the alloy. Higher copper content gives a redder hue giving Red gold. Rose gold lockets are all the rage nowadays, and you can find numerous rose gold locket designs with price online.
  • Black gold gives a trendy and bold look. Black rhodium is coated on white gold to give its signature black colour.

Conclusion

Though 22K gold is the most sought out form of gold, your purpose also plays a major role. 18K and 14K gold are sturdier options than 22K gold owing to the mixture of metals. For engagement and wedding rings with stones, the lower carat gold makes a better option as they can hold the stones better. White gold and rose gold are all the rage these days, which make them great romantic gifts. If you want to rock an edgy and chic look, experiment with black gold and do let us know how it goes. After all, gold is gold!

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