We provide three main types of metal to choose from, all with their own individual characteristics: Platinum, Palladium, Silver and Gold
The Allure of Gold
Historically, gold was a rare metal afforded only by the wealthy. In the mid-19th century a new dimension of gold supply was uncovered in California and Australia, which coincided with the development of machinery for making chain and other articles. Thus the consumer market rapidly expanded and in many industrial countries is today seen as a fashion item. The lustrous beauty of Gold has made it a rare and sought after metal since the beginning of time. Adding small amounts of other precious metals to create exquisite of pink, yellow and white further enhance its beauty. When combined in a single piece, these shades create a truly sensational effect.
100% – 24K Gold
91.67% – 22K Gold
75% – 18K Gold
58.3& – 14K Gold
41.67% – 10K Gold
37.5% – 9K Gold
The carat mark of gold refers to its purity. Pure Gold is known as 24 carat. This is far too soft and breakable to be used in Jewellery and is therefore combined with other metals to increase its durability. 18 carat gold is commonly used in valuable Jewellery, as it retains the shine of pure gold while being sufficiently hardy to endure normal conditions.
Gold does not tarnish or corrode, and while being a very strong metal, it is also the most malleable. Gold is therefore usually mixed, or alloyed, with other metals. This not only hardens it, but also influences the colour.
For example, white shades (and thus white gold) are achieved by alloying gold with silver, nickel or palladium. Yellow and white gold have very similar malleability and strength.
White Gold is a wonderful alternative to tradtional yellow gold. White gold in its raw state appears a yellowish white metal which is then usually plated with a hard, protective finish of rhodium (a silver white metal from the platinum family) to increase its white shine. The plating is very thin and may wear off over time. To remedy this, simply take your ring back to us for polishing and replating, at a minimal cost, and your ring will look as shiny as the day you bought it.
As well as looking sensational, white gold boasts yet another advantage – its shiny colour can make your diamonds appear larger, particularly when surrounded entirely with a rim of white gold as in a bezel setting.
The proportion of gold in jewellery is measured on the karat scale, 24 karats designating pure gold. 12 karat gold is therefore 50% gold and 50% alloy.
The chart below depicts the level of “fineness” by which gold is defined:
Difference between Platinum and White Gold
Platinum is pure white, while the ‘white’ in white gold is brought upon by the use of alloys. All white gold is originally yellow (pure), and alloys are added which changes the colour – it is therefore not a natural white like Platinum.
How to Bring Your Ring Back to it’s Original Shiny, Smooth Finish
Jewellery worn every day will be subject to scratched and dullness brought upon by normal every day use. To bring back the highly polished and smooth look you received when you first purchased your ring, you need only to get the ring professionally polished. You may take your ring to a local jeweller to polish it for you, or you may send it to Gem By Gems and for a fee of S$20.00 we will professionally polish it for you.
In the United States, 14 karat and 10 karat are the most popular forms of gold jewellery, while 18 karat is also popular as it is rich in colour and durable. Gem By Gems offers the option to view all our rings and jewellery by metal.
Gold is the widely desired metal in making jewellery today. The rich history and universal appeal makes it the most popular. Pure Gold is virtually immune to the effects of air, water, and oxygen.
Two factors determine gold colour. One is the alloy being used to mix with the gold and the other is the percentage of each alloy.
Yellow Gold is the natural gold colour. Pure gold is mixed with silver and copper to retain the bright gold colour.
Pure Gold is mixed with large percentage of silver and other white metals to get the white colour. 18K White Gold has a slightly yellowish colour if not enough silver is mixed. In order to get a shinny white colon sometimes these are plated with rhodium.
Pure Gold is mixed with large percentage of copper and sometimes silver to get the rose colour.
The price of gold jewellery is dependent on many factors such as gold purity, gold weight, jewellery design and craftsmanship. There are many other factors that can add to the price such as quality of the craftsmanship, quality of the diamonds, quality of the gemstones and many more. Two similar looking pieces may have vastly different prices as specific characteristics of the jewellery may be different.
• Store your Gold Jewellery in separate boxes or bags to avoid scratches from other jewellery.
• Clean Gold Jewellery using jewellery cleaner or soak in soap and warm water and then rub gently with a soft cloth. Do Not Use Detergent Soaps.
• Avoid contact with bleach or other harsh chemicals.
Some quick facts about Gold:
• Gold Jewellery should always be stamped with 18K or 14k or 10k.