by Enya Quinn February 09, 2021
Throughout the centuries gold has been regarded as a naturally beautiful precious metal that resembles the colour of our bright sun. Its admiral rich yellow colour is reflective, giving it that brilliant shine we love and enjoy adorning ourselves with. Gold wedding rings will forever be popular, along with gold earrings, pendants, and diamond engagement rings. But what makes gold so precious? Well, let’s find out...
Due to pure gold being soft it is not very durable and can easily scratch when made into jewellery. This means gold needs to be alloyed (mixed) with other stronger metals for use in jewellery. These alloyed metals are mostly copper and zinc. Alloying gold allows for different gold purities. These purities are the following:
24ct has 100% pure gold
18ct has 75% pure gold
14ct has 58.3% pure gold
9ct has 37.5% pure gold
You may find purities such as 10ct, 15ct, 21ct, and 22ct but they’re not commonly used here in Ireland. Alloying gold with certain metals determines the colour too. Rose gold has added copper to give it its rosey-red colour and white gold has more zinc and other whiter metals to make white. There’s a colour of gold to suit every skin tone!
Here are the top picks from Gold jewellery available at Gear Jewellers:
Lucky Koi Fish Bangle - €399.00
Gents Heavy Weight Curb Bracelet - €999.00
Golden Feather Earrings - €95.00
Twist Hoops - €240.00
Flames Ring - €130.00
Name Necklace - €239.00
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