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A Guide When Buying Gold or Gold Plated Jewelry

A Guide When Buying Gold or Gold Plated Jewelry

When I say jewelry what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? The majority of the people I ask would always visualize a gold ring, a gold band or any jewelry that is made of gold. This is because gold has become one of the most popular precious metals in the jewelry industry since time immemorial owing to its beauty and luster. It also doesn’t come as a surprise when people would always opt for gold when shopping for jewelry.

However, as a nifty shopper, I have several things to consider before I complete my payment transaction when shopping for gold. Purity, design and alloy metals impact the durability, appearance of a value of gold. Gold jewelry is famous because it is ideal for collections, accessories and gifts. But gold covers a wide price range and it also comes in so many different styles. Below are just some of the things that I consider when I’m  buying a gold jewelry.

Gold in Jewelry

I’m frequent to jewelry shops and my jeweler always  inform me of the specific karat of the gold I’m holding. If I have no idea what karats are all about then I wouldn’t be able to appreciate gold jewelry. Pure gold is equivalent to 24 karats. However, it is important to know that not all gold jewelry consists of this amount because of the malleability of its metal. A 24-karat gold jewelry item easily bends and it is also very prone to scratches. In order to improve its durability, jewelry manufacturers add metal alloys to gold. Take, for instance, an 18k gold has 18 parts gold and six parts of other metals. If I add both it will give me twenty-four parts.

I have listed below the common purities for gold jewelry as well as their corresponding estimated contents. Continue reading