Many of our customers ask what the difference in karats means for gold and why it comes in different colors on gold chains for women and men. When gold jewelry is made it all starts out with the purest of gold in 24k. That would be way too soft to make jewelry as well as a much higher price. The answer is to mix it with other metals to bring it down to a metal that can be molded and hold its shape. Most jewelry is made into 14k, but a vast amount is done in 10k as well. For example 14k gold has a lighter yellow color than 18k and is mixed with more metals such as nickel and copper. White gold has more nickel type metals added to the gold to enhance that color as well.
Gold Box Chain
Sometimes you will see a stamp in the jewelry that says 585 instead of 14k. This is because it means the metal is 58.5% gold and the balance is meixed metals to make up the difference. If you have ever seen a rose gold chain it’s because the gold is mixed with a little more copper to give it the beauty of the pink. Many of the designer jewelry items and wedding bands are made in 18k and Platinum as well. Gold color and karat are all personal preference for the person wearing it, because people just have to be happy wearing the gold chains they choose.
We came up with a really cool topic this week other than gold jewelry, silver chains or diamond cut earrings. It seemed like a fun topic to talk about overall why women like fashion in general so much. After a lot of thinking past the obvious that it’s just fun to shop online or in stores, something else came to mind. When you think about the fashion industry that includes clothes, models, acsessories and of course jewelry, what else do you think about? Think for a moment about all the excitement and work that is put into items and people looking beautiful by designers and stylists all over the world. The energy alone that is this world exudes is enough to get anyone excited.
If you have ever been to a fashion photo shoot that includes models, photographers, makeup, hair and stylists you will realize how it all begins. Look at the magazines on all the racks in the food stores. It’s almost ironic, because here we are reading these magazines leaning on our wagons full of food like potato chips. In the meantime, so many people aspire to be like the people in the magazine that probably are on such strict diets just to give us something unique to look at. Of course most of this is not a realistic look in the real world or way to live, but they do entertain most of us for sure. Anyway, it’s always fun to wear pieces of beautiful gold jewelry such as sideways crosses, infinity necklaces along with beautiful clothes and accessories.
We got curious on how the origin of wearing gold bracelets came up so we did some research. It’s a lot more interesting than we even realized and glad we found out so much about this! It all started with materials such as stones and wood way back in Egyptian history dating as far back as 5000 BC. We noticed in the research that the Scarab Bracelet seems to have been the most popular for sure in old times, which everyone associates with a style of Egypt. People say the the Scarab is from someone named Khepri that would help the sun go across the sky.
A tradition years later in Bulgaria started called Martenitsa and that involved putting a string of different colors to make spring come earlier. In Greece the same was done as well and some countries the type of bracelet or bangle a women wears can even show her marital status. Whatever the reason we are so happy that everyone around the world loves bracelets and jewelry so much. They have evoloved over the years and now people wear gold bracelets and silver bracelets as a fashion item all over the world.
The precious metal Gold is used in a variety of jewelry to make items such as Gold chains, bracelets, earrings, pendants and many others and has a long history of uses. The metal is extremely malleable while being durable and resistant. When crafted by jewelers into beautiful 14k white or yellow gold jewelry designs the possibilities for artistic creation are endless.
Pure 24k gold is often mixed with other metals in order to give it even more strength. Remember, 24 karat gold is 100% pure gold and is more difficult to keep its form when not mixed with other metals. Some of the metals utilized in jewelry manufacturing are copper, silver, nickel and zinc. The color changes slightly depending on the final purity our jewelers create the jewelry with for the final products. That is why you will see that 24 karat gold is much more of a deep 14 karat yellow gold jewelry. Many people like the look of a darker yellow so they prefer 18 karat gold when buying jewelry. The metals purity chart on this page will give you a better understanding of the exact standards for the industry.