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How to Select Gold Jewelry

 

Buyers should know that there are variations in gold that affect its purity, quality and price. The main factors to consider include purity, gram weight and design. Most gold has markings inside that indicate its Caratage. This identification is often controlled through a hallmarking system.

 

Pure gold is too soft to use it as jewellery so it's alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel, and zinc to give it strength and durability. The higher the number, the higher the purity of the gold.

 

Solid gold at 24K is durable so it's a better choice for jewelry you'll wear regularly. If you have allergies to nickel or other metals, choose items that have high gold content, such as 18K or 22K gold jewelry.

 

Gold filled or plated jewelry is suitable for jewelry that you wear occasionally. Everyday use would eventually diminish the gold layer, exposing the metal below, which might stain your skin or cause an allergic reaction.

 

Gold has many variations of colors. In addition to yellow gold, white gold and rose gold are popular options. You can also find two-tone styles or if you prefer a mix of colors. Combining pure gold with other metals creates a new and diverse color palettes.

 

The price of gold jewellery is determined by the purity of the gold, which alloy it is combined with, and by the amount of skill and labor that goes into the piece. The higher the skill and labor, the higher the charge.

Carats Fineness (of 1000) Purity (%) Comments
24 999 99.9% Pure gold
22 916 91.6% Popular in India
21 875 87.5% Popular in the Middle East
19.2 800 80.0% Standard in Portugal
18 750 75.0% Standard international caratage
14 585 58.5% 58.3% in the United States

 

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