Gold Jewelry

Written by Serena Berger
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Gold jewelry is the most popular form of jewelry in the Western world. Considered by many to be the most beautiful and romantic of precious metals, gold has a long tradition of being valued and coveted. The Ancient Romans placed high value on gold, and the Incas, halfway around the world, referred to gold as the "sweat of the sun." (Typical connotations of sweat aside, this was an indication of its revered status, as it came from the gods.)

Many people are unaware that there are four colors of gold: yellow, white, green, and pink. Yellow gold jewelry at various karat weights consists of gold, copper, silver, nickel, and zinc. White gold consists of gold, nickel, and zinc. Pink gold is made of gold and copper, while green gold is comprised of gold and silver. Yellow and white gold are the most common colors used to make fine jewelry.

Understanding the Karat weight of Gold Jewelry

The Karat weight refers to the purity of gold, and is measured on a scale of 24. Thus, 24K gold is pure gold, but pure gold is far too soft to be made into jewelry. 18K gold would be 75% gold, which is the maximum amount that can be used and have the metal strong and resilient enough to be shaped into fine jewelry. The lowest common karat weight is 10, which indicates 10 parts gold to 14 parts other metals, but is still legally considered real gold in the United States.

Gold jewelry makes a fine present for a loved one, in any of its forms. You can use the internet to find out more information about gold, and to research a particular manufacturer. With a little care, you will find something beautiful and perfect for the person to whom you wish to give a wonderful gift--maybe even a treat for yourself.

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