Gold is the most malleable of all metals, therefore it’s been the top choice for jewelry making since the beginning of history.
Chemically, it is unaffected by air, moisture and most corrosive reagents.
In medieval times, gold was believed to be beneficial to one’s health.
It can symbolize power, wealth, strength, happiness, warmth, love, hope, optimism, justice, balance, summer, sun and harvest.
24 karat gold (24K) is pure gold.
22 karat gold (22K) is 22 parts gold and 2 parts another metal or metals, making it 91% gold.
18 karat gold (18K) is 18 parts gold and 4 parts another metal or metals, making it 75% gold.
14 karat gold (14K) is 14 parts gold and 10 parts another metal or metals, making it 58.3% gold.
10 karat gold (10K) is 10 parts gold and 14 parts another metal or metals, making it 41.7% gold. This is the minimum karat designation for a metal to be called gold in the US.
Carat spelled with a C refers to the weight of a gemstone. I’d love a one carat (1.00ct) diamond!
White gold is alloyed (mixed) with another white metal (like nickel or palladium) to make it whiter in color. Its purity is signified in karats exactly like that of yellow gold. To enhance the white color, it is often plated with rhodium, a shiny white metal with extreme hardness. This coating, however, does wear off in time revealing the original color of the white gold which has a slight yellow hue to it. All of our custom white gold jewelry is made with a white gold that is alloyed with palladium. Palladium is in the Platinum family and is considered to be a far superior mix verse other alloys.
This gold has a pinkish-rose color and is an alloy of gold and other metals – usually copper. The highest karat weight for rose gold is 22K and is referred to as crown gold. The higher the percentage of copper, the more intense the rose / pink / red tone will be. Eighteen karat rose gold is 75% gold and 25% copper.
Platinum is a top choice for bridal jewelry, it’s dense, malleable, hypoallergenic, precious and naturally white. Its name is derived from the Spanish term platina, meaning “little silver”. Platinum is an extremely rare metal, rarer than even gold. Platinum can be alloyed with either cobalt or ruthenium. Ask us if platinum is the right choice for your piece.
Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. It is often stamped with the numbers 925. In order for something to be considered silver, it must be at least 90% silver and 10% of another metal. This alloy is stamped with 900. Fine silver (99.9% silver) is far too soft for jewelry, but can often be used as a decorative element in silver pieces.