Beginner’s Guide To Gold: The Most Popular Metal On Earth


Candere is all about Solitaires and Gold Jewellery, so we decided to educate our buyers about both of them. Previously I have written about Solitaires – How to buy the best Solitaire Ring for your better half, How to select the best Solitaire for Solitaire Rings and Solitaire Rings design for dummies. Now it’s time for Gold.

Did you know there are a variety of Gold shades?– Yellow, White, Rose, Pink, Purple, Red, Grey and even Green etc. Where different types of gold colors are prefered in different countries, Yellow gold is by far the most famous (in India), followed by White Gold. Rose Gold, as gorgeous as it looks was the least favourite but has recently gained popularity. The Rest are rare and not very popular owing to its lack of demand; as of now!

While talking about Gold in general, the most common thing you will hear is ‘karat’. Karat is the measure of Gold purity. However, Gold is very soft and malleable and therefore mixed with other minerals (Copper, Zinc, and Silver/Nickel) to make it durable, as well as to add/change color as each mineral in varying proportions can impart a variety of colors to Gold.

The most pure form of Gold comes in 24K. However gold ornaments with gemstone/diamond settings can come as low as 10K i.e. 10K/24K (41.66%) pure, or even below, depending on its demand. Other purities are 14K (58.33%), 18K (75.0%) and 22K(91.66%). 22K gold is used for a majority of Indian Jewellery and has a bright yellow shade. The same purity can also have a slightly reddish or brownish shade owing to the mix of minerals and the percentage used to impart the color.

As for White Gold, some of you may or may not have heard about it. Engagement rings are very popular in White Gold because of two reasons. Firstly it complements the Solitaires and secondly it is cheaper than Platinum. Palladium is also an option and has a light grey shade, but the craze for white gold is unwavering. White Gold is White because of the presence of white minerals (like Nickel, Manganese or Palladium) besides Gold.

Rose Gold or Pink Gold is another gorgeous variant of Gold. This tinge of Gold is formed when Gold mixes with copper alloy. The shade of Pink grows darker with a lower karat mix as the quantity of copper is higher imparting a darker shade of red or pink. Rose Gold or Russian Gold as it was also called was popular in Russia in the beginning of 19th century but then went out of the picture soon after and regained importance in 21st century. Instead of White Gold or Platinum, Rose Gold today is a very popular choice for engagement rings.

When using Gold in Gold jewellery, 24K is not used. Usually, 22K is the purest form of Gold that can be moulded into wearable jewellery. Although, if you want to use it for Diamond Rings, jewellers use 18K or below to increase its strength and ensure that your diamond does not fall off at the slightest blow.

The variety and purity of Gold used is different in India and the Middle East as compared a lot of other countries as they usually opt for Yellow gold in 18K (for Diamond) to 22K purities. Whereas others prefer using White Gold followed by Rose gold in 18K or below, as the preference is more on diamonds than their fixation on the metal itself.

That’s all about Yellow Gold, White Gold and Rose Gold. To know more about Gold write in comments below.

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