TYPES OF GOLD Jewellery: SOLID GOLD, WHITE GOLD, PLATED & MORE
If you’re looking for gold jewellery, you might feel a little bewildered by the terminology. What does “gold vermeil” or “gold filled” signify when used to describe jewellery? What makes those distinct from jewellery made of real gold or gold plating? What are white gold and rose gold?
What benefits and drawbacks do each variety of gold have? And how is it possible for one item of gold-colored jewellery to cost so much more than another?
One of the most priceless and frequently utilised metals when it comes to jewellery creation is gold.
Real solid gold jewellery always has a heavy price tag because it is one of the most precious metals. Fortunately, there are alternatives if you adore gold but feel that the cost of actual gold is prohibitive. However, less expensive gold jewellery comes with advantages and disadvantages.
SOLID GOLD JEWELLERY
Pure solid gold isn’t often used in jewellery making because it’s very soft. Instead the gold is alloyed with other metals to make it harder and better wearing. The higher the carat, the higher the gold content in the metal, with 24ct gold having the highest purity and 9ct having the lowest.
Most gold jewellery that you’ll see is made in yellow gold, but there are other colours available, all of which are alloyed with different metals to change the colour. You can learn much more detail here, but here’s a quick rundown on the two best known examples:
Solid rose gold is real gold, but in this case the pure gold is alloyed mostly with copper and some silver. The more copper included, the redder the colouring of the metal.
There is no such thing as pure rose gold: it is always an alloyed metal. The higher the carat number (or karat) of the rose gold, the more pure gold is included in the alloy. We generally use 14ct rose gold in our rose gold jewellery.
Solid white gold is also an alloyed metal. It’s made of pure gold and other metals such zinc or nickel, which give it a whiter colouring. There is also no such thing as pure white gold as it is also always an alloy.
However, white gold is not actually white: it’s generally more of a warm grey colour. The white gold you see in commercial jewellery outlets is almost always plated with rhodium, giving it a bright white finish. If you purchase white gold jewellery, at some point you will need to get it re-plated to keep the white colour.
We don’t sell white gold jewellery primarily for this reason. We recommend you stick with silver jewellery if you like the silver colour. Alternatively, if your budget can afford it, go for platinum, a very hard and high value precious metal which many commercial jewellery manufacturers will sell.
Gold jewellery has been a staple of fashion for thousands of years, and it is still a very popular metal. It is known for its durability and elegance. With gold being so versatile, there are many different types of gold jewellery to choose from. From plain gold to oversized pieces, you can find the perfect piece to suit your style. For those looking for a more classic look, a gold ring or a necklace is a perfect choice.
These pieces can be worn on a daily basis and will last for a long time. Another option is to have custom jewellery made. If you want your own special date or zodiac sign on a piece, you can ask your jeweller to add it.
Despite the popularity of gold, other metals are available that offer a similar colour and texture. Silver, nickel, and palladium are all options that can be used for an alternative gold finish. You may also choose to use mixed metals for a more striking look. This allows you to add depth and contrast to your outfit.
Oftentimes, gold jewellery is layered with other types of metals for a unique look. Necklaces and bracelets with geometric patterns and simple designs are ideal for layering. The added metals are typically used to achieve different colour combinations.
For a more contemporary look, consider mixing your jewellery with silver or other metals. Adding a bit of contrast is a great way to add style and flair to any outfit. Some designers are now mixing and matching earrings and rings in an effort to evoke the 80s and 90s styles.
In addition to the colours you can choose, you can also find jewellery that is created in an opulent 22kt purity. Using gold in this higher-purity form can increase its durability and tensile strength. However, the price will be higher.
Another type of gold jewellery is gold vermeil. Like gold plated jewellery, gold vermeil is usually made from gold and silver. Unlike other gold finishes, it is more durable and will last for up to five to ten years. But you should always check the materials used to ensure that it is authentic.
Other materials that are used to make gold jewellery include copper, brass, and other base metals. Although they are less expensive than solid gold, they don’t last as long.
One option for creating your own gold jewellery is to use a coloured glass or other semi-precious gemstone. For example, a pearl is a very popular design that can add a touch of sentimental value. Alternatively, you can incorporate other stones into your gold jewellery, such as sapphires or rubies.
A gold ring is the most popular choice for everyday wear. These gold ring designs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they are often used for wedding or engagement rings. Those who are looking for a more sophisticated look will enjoy the elegance of a white gold ring. They pair well with pale skin tones and warm complexions.