Precious Metals:

Gold -

Over the ages, gold has earned a reputation as one of the most sought after of all natural metals. In its purest form, it is also the softest and most pliable. For this reason, it is almost always mixed with base metals, such as silver or copper in order to increase its strength and durability.

As with other precious metals, gold is measured by troy weight and grams. The term ‘Karat’ is used to determine the purity of each compound, once the gold has been alloyed with base metals. 24 Karats is the purest form of Gold.

The following are representations of gold purity according to their standard karat number:

24 Karat - 99.9% pure gold
18 Karat - 75% pure gold
14 Karat - 58.3% pure gold
9 Karat - 37.5% pure gold

Gold will never rust or corrode, due to the fact that it forms no oxide film on its surface when exposed to normal air temperatures, and it also contains no iron. Gold is therefore an everlasting metal which can be moulded into any shape and which will last for an eternity. For this reason, gold has for centuries been seen as an extremely valuable metal and has long been a symbol of wealth for countries, monarchies and kingdoms. Apart from jewellery, this precious metal has served as currency, is traded on the commodities market, and is even moulded into awards for exceptional achievements such as those of the sporting (Olympic Games) and dramatic (Oscars) kind.

Shades of Gold:

As previously mentioned, gold is very rarely used on its own when crafting jewellery due its softness, but instead it is blended with other fine metals. These combinations have brought about a variety of rich and deep shades, which have developed their own level of desirability.

Yellow -

The most popular shade of precious metal as it carries the “classic” gold image due to its vibrant yellow colour. Shades vary based on the Karatage.

White -

A very popular choice for wedding and engagement rings. The brilliant silver colouration is created through the combination of pure yellow gold with alloy metals such as palladium, zinc or copper.

Rose -

Rose gold gets its brilliant colouration from the addition of copper and/or silver. The more copper used, the darker the rose colouration will be.

Platinum -

Platinum is an extremely rare and desirable metal, hailed by some as more precious than gold. Platinum is one of the heavier metals used in jewellery and carries a hefty weight, 4 times more than that of gold. Despite carrying a high price, platinum is gaining popularity for bridal jewellery.

The gleaming white sheen which platinum exudes will never dull or fade, and much like Gold, it is a metal that will last forever, and so is also a beautiful symbol for “Eternal Love.”

Care & Maintenance

For the cleaning of all gold, platinum, and silver jewellery, apply the following simple process from time to time as required.

Using 2 bowls, place plain hot water into one, and a solution of hot water, household ammonia and sunlight liquid into the other.
Brush your jewellery piece lightly with a small brush (an old toothbrush is ideal) in the bowl with the solution, making sure that should any stones fall out of the piece they would fall into the bowl.
Then rinse off in the plain hot water bowl.
Dry the jewellery piece off using a micro-fibre cloth.

Remember that the claws holding stones in place can get caught on your clothing while dressing, which could loosen them sufficiently for the stones to fall out. Check your jewellery regularly therefore to ensure that stones have not become loose.

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