Everyone loves gold. However, purchasing gold jewelry for yourself or as a gift can be a process full of confusing choices. You want to be sure you are getting a quality piece of jewelry but the special markings, color choices, and purity levels are all too much. What does everything mean? Is there a big difference between types of gold? Is one color more popular than another? Look no further, today we are going to dive into the world of gold, and explain the need-to-knows to make sure your next purchase is absolutely perfect.
With gold available in a variety of colors and purities let us look at a few of the most popular for jewelry.
Yellow is the only naturally occurring color of gold, and pure gold is extremely soft and malleable, making its use in jewelry rare. Jewelry gold is an alloy, a mixture of metals, with several different metals used as the mixing agent to create the colors of gold we love. Gold can be combined in an alloy with silver, copper, zinc, palladium, and nickel to create different gold colors. The most common colors for jewelry gold are yellow, white, rose, and green. There is no naturally occurring white, rose, or green gold.
Yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with silver, copper, and zinc. Yellow gold retains the purest color of all gold colors and is the most hypo-allergenic. Yellow gold shines when contrasted with olive and darker skin tones. Traditional yellow gold also requires the least maintenance of all the gold colors. Yellow gold benefitted from the World War II declaration of platinum as a strategic metal, making yellow gold the primary choice for jewelry makers across the country. The past 75 years have seen yellow gold remain a popular choice for engagement rings and jewelry.