"Expert's Quick Guide To Buying Your Perfect Gold Jewelry"," It is called a precious metal because it has a high economic value and is relatively scarce in relation to the level of demand for it.
At times of trouble, people always default to valuable portable property such as gold, diamonds and other valuable gems.
It is very rare that couples exchange rings other than gold rings when getting married.
Gold is very malleable and so has been the preferred metal for jewelers over centuries.
If it gets dull, just applying a quick polish restores its luster and shine.
Gold keeps its value over time and is easily marketable
Gold is easy to work with so you will get the most beautiful jewelry made out of gold
Everybody loves gold.
This is important because it will help you determine how much to budget for your purchase, what quality and type of jewelry to buy and from where to buy it.
If, however, you are buying an engagement ring, an anniversary ring or a wedding ring, you had better pay more attention to the quality of the ring and the service you can expect from the supplier.
You want the perfect ring so you need to make sure that your supplier has a good return or exchange policy and that they are easily contactable.
The different types of gold jewelry are determined by the metals mixed in with the pure gold, and whether the piece of jewelry is formed as a solid piece, plated or maybe hollow.
However, pure gold is very soft and easily bendable.
So to make it practical for jewelry that can be worn everyday it is mixed with different metals.
The higher the Karat (k) the higher the percentage of pure gold to other metals in the jewelry.
· 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold.
· 10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.
10K gold is the minimum karat that can be called ""gold"" in the United States.
Jewelry from Europe may be marked is a different manner with numbers that indicate their percentage of gold like this:
· 18K gold is marked 750 to indicate 75% gold
· 14K gold is marked 585 for 58.
Genuine gold jewelry should have, in addition to the karat marking, a hallmark or trademark that identifies its maker.
The hallmark or country of origin may sometimes be left out in very small and delicate pieces of Jewelry.
However, gold can be made into jewelry of different and exciting colors by adding different metals to it.
Any gold alloy from18K, down to 10K can still be called solid gold.
White Gold: Created by adding Palladium or Nickel to pure gold.
Greenish Cast Gold: Created by adding silver to pure gold.
This is OK as long as the buyer is aware that the piece of jewelry they are buying is not SOLID gold and as long as they are also aware of the quality of the plating.
More recent gold-filled jewelry have markings that indicate how much and what type of gold was used for the layer.
Gold filled jewelry generally retain their coating longer than gold plated jewelry.
This means that the goal plating usually wears away more quickly.
Some will be thicker and more even than others and thus may provide you with long lasting true gold finish, sometimes comparable to gold-filled jewelry.
It is unfortunate, but there are still unscrupulous people out there that try to pass off gold plated jewelry as solid gold.
If youre not sure take an expert with you when buying.
This will last you a lifetime, many lifetimes actually.
If you are allergic to nickel or other metals then you should aim to buy the higher karat gold jewelry such as 18k or 22k gold.
Your skin is still your most important and valuable piece of jewelry and you should treat it accordingly.
And oh yes, try not to wear your gold plated or gold filled jewelry when washing up or using any form of detergents.
When wearing Jewelry always remember that a confident and happy wearer can make almost any piece of Jewelry look more beautiful and valuable.
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