Gold Facts and Information

Gold was among one of the first metals mined because in its native form it is beautiful and imperishable. Due to the nature of gold it can be formed into many exquisite objects. Artisans of ancient civilizations used gold lavishly in decorating tombs and temples, and gold objects made more than 5,000 years ago have been found in Egypt.

Pure (100%) gold is too soft, and it is usually mixed with other metals (gold alloys) to make it stronger and more usable for jewelry.

Karat – indicates the amount of pure gold in the metal.The higher the percentage of pure gold the higher the karat.

Content of pure gold:
18k contains a higher (75%) percentage of pure gold than 14 k (58.3%).

You could see a karat mark to assure you that the karat marking is accurate, you should also see the manufacturers registered trademark and find the country of origin.

Pure gold (which is always yellow) is too soft for jewelry use. The metals that are mixed with pure gold for strength can also modify the color of gold resulting in different shades of yellow, white, and rose gold. White gold was originally developed to imitate platinum, and is usually an alloy containing 25% nickel and zinc. If stamped 18 karat, it would be 75% pure gold.

There are a few factors that determine the value of a gold jewelry piece: weight – gold is sold by weight – grams(gr) or pennyweights(pwt), the heavier the piece, the higher the gold content, therefore it is more expensive. design – designer jewelry is more expensive, especially if it is a one of a kind piece. finish – special finishes to the metal such as matte or sand-blasted finish add to the cost of the gold jewelry piece.

You could take good care of your jewelry by following a few simple steps: Avoid contact with soap, perfume, cosmetics and hairspray. Take chains and bracelets off at night, store chains flat, to prevent them from breaking. Use soft cloth to polish gold jewelry after wearing.