Experts Quick Guide To Buying Your Perfect Gold Jewelry

Experts Quick Guide To Buying Your Perfect Gold Jewelry

Expert’s Quick Guide to​ Buying Your Perfect Gold Jewelry
Why Should I ​ Buy Gold?
The world has been in​ love with gold ever since it​ was discovered. ​
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. ​
Gold was the​ standard in​ which the​ values of​ many currencies around the​ world were based until recently; because of​ confidence in​ its ability to​ hold it’s value over the​ long haul. ​
at ​ times of​ trouble,​ people always default to​ valuable portable property such as​ gold,​ diamonds and​ other valuable gems.
Gold has been the​ preferred metal for wedding rings in​ the​ west for a​ long time. ​
it​ is​ very rare that couples exchange rings other than gold rings when getting married. ​
In fact,​ in​ some Asian cultures,​ wealth is​ transferred unto the​ newlyweds in​ the​ form of​ gold jewelry.
Gold is​ very malleable and​ so has been the​ preferred metal for jewelers over centuries. ​
it​ also does not rust or​ decay. ​
if ​ it​ gets dull,​ just applying a​ quick polish restores it’s luster and​ shine.
Gold is​ virtually indestructible and​ everlasting.
Gold keeps it’s 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.
What kind of​ Gold Should I ​ Buy?
Before buying gold jewelry the​ most important thing to​ ask yourself is​ the​ reason why you​ are buying. ​
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 you​ are only interested in​ buying a​ gold ring for fun,​ then you​ might not care too much about the​ quality of​ the​ ring or​ the​ supplier as​ long as​ it​ looks good on​ your finger. ​
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. ​
a​ wedding ring,​ we hope,​ will be appreciated for a​ long time and​ you​ will want your partner to​ know that you​ put some thought into the​ selection of​ their ring. ​
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.
There are different qualities and​ colors of​ gold used in​ jewelry. ​
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.
Gold Quality
Pure gold does not rust or​ tarnish,​ and​ people that are allergic to​ some metals are rarely allergic to​ pure gold. ​
However,​ pure gold is​ very soft and​ easily bendable. ​
it​ is​ also very expensive. ​
So to​ make it​ practical for jewelry that can be worn everyday it​ is​ mixed with different metals. ​

Gold jewelry is​ generally marked 18K,​ 14K,​ or​ 10K. ​
The higher the​ Karat k the​ higher the​ percentage of​ pure gold to​ other metals in​ the​ jewelry.
· 24K gold is​ pure gold. ​

· 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and​ 6 parts of​ one or​ more additional metals,​ making it​ 75% gold. ​

· 14K gold contains 14 parts gold and​ 10 parts of​ one or​ more additional metals,​ making it​ 58.3% gold. ​

· 12K gold contains 12 parts gold and​ 12 parts of​ one or​ more additional metals,​ making it​ 50% gold. ​

· 10K gold contains 10 parts gold and​ 14 parts of​ one or​ more additional metals,​ making it​ 41.7% gold.
10K gold is​ the​ minimum karat that can be called gold in​ the​ United States. ​
a​ high proportion of​ gold Jewelry is​ made in​ 10K gold.
European Markings
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 58.5%
· 12K gold is​ marked 417 for 41.7%
Genuine gold jewelry should have,​ in​ addition to​ the​ karat marking,​ a​ hallmark or​ trademark that identifies its maker. ​
Sometimes the​ items country of​ origin might also be included. ​
The hallmark or​ country of​ origin may sometimes be left out in​ very small and​ delicate pieces of​ Jewelry.
Colors of​ Gold
Pure gold is,​ of​ course,​ gold in​ color. ​
However,​ gold can be made into jewelry of​ different and​ exciting colors by adding different metals to​ it. ​
When other metals are added to​ pure gold the​ result is​ called an alloy. ​
Any gold alloy from18K,​ down to​ 10K can still be called solid gold. ​
Anything less that 10k is​ not solid gold.
White Gold Created by adding Palladium or​ Nickel to​ pure gold.
Rose Tint Gold Created by adding copper to​ pure gold.
Greenish Cast Gold Created by adding silver to​ pure gold
Gold Coated Jewelry
Applying a​ coating of​ gold on​ lesser value metals has always been a​ way of​ producing jewelry that looks as​ valuable as​ gold but not as​ expensive to​ manufacture. ​
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.
Gold Filled Jewelry
Gold filled jewelry is​ usually 14k gold heavylayered over sterling silver. ​
More recent goldfilled jewelry have markings that indicate how much and​ what type of​ gold was used for the​ layer. ​
a​ marking that says 1/20 12K G.F. ​
means that the​ jewelry is​ at ​ least 1/20th 12K gold by weight. ​
Gold filled jewelry generally retain their coating longer than gold plated jewelry.
Gold Plated Jewelry
The gold layer in​ gold plated jewelry is​ usually thinner than the​ gold in​ goldfilled jewelry. ​
This means that the​ goal plating usually wears away more quickly. ​
However,​ all gold plating is​ not the​ same. ​
Some will be thicker and​ more even than others and​ thus may provide you​ with long lasting true gold finish,​ sometimes comparable to​ goldfilled jewelry.
Dangers to​ Watch out for
Gold plated jewelry can provide a​ great deal of​ satisfaction and​ joy to​ the​ buyer as​ long as​ they know what they are buying. ​
it​ is​ unfortunate,​ but there are still unscrupulous people out there that try to​ pass off gold plated jewelry as​ solid gold. ​
The only way to​ protect yourself from this is​ to​ look carefully at ​ the​ markings on​ the​ jewelry; observe the​ color; feel the​ weight in​ relation to​ the​ size of​ the​ jewelry; and​ most importantly,​ know whom you​ are buying your jewelry from. ​
if ​ you’re not sure take an expert with you​ when buying.
So Now You’re Ready to​ Take the​ Step
When buying gold always aim to​ buy solid gold if ​ your budget allows. ​
This will last you​ a​ lifetime,​ many lifetimes actually. ​
Anything from 10k to​ 22k or​ 24K is​ good.
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. ​
it​ will cost more but you​ can offset this by buying a​ smaller piece of​ jewelry or​ by buying fewer pieces and​ only buying ones with higher pure gold content. ​
Your skin is​ still your most important and​ valuable piece of​ jewelry and​ you​ should treat it​ accordingly.
Gold plated and​ goldfilled jewelry is​ great for fashion jewelry that will not be subject to​ heavy usage. ​
And oh yes,​ try not to​ wear your gold plated or​ gold filled jewelry when washing up or​ using any form of​ detergents. ​
Although not as​ valuable or​ durable,​ gold plated and​ gold filled jewelry are cheaper and​ can last for years if ​ treated kindly.
When wearing Jewelry always remember that a​ confident and​ happy wearer can make almost any piece of​ Jewelry look more beautiful and​ valuable.
By Alexander Michaels
2018 Alexander Michaels

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