Natural gold and colour-saturated alloys are what give yellow gold jewellery its rich shine. The alloys most commonly used are copper and silver.
Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel, and zinc to give it strength and durability. The karat weight of gold, denoted by a number followed by "k" indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewellery is gold. 24k gold is pure gold while 18k gold is 75% pure gold and 14k is 58% pure gold.
In order to make the gold white, it is combined with metal alloys that are white in nature and plated with an extremely hard element called rhodium. Although strong, rhodium may wear away over time but can be easily replated.
The beautiful color of rose gold is created by using a copper alloy. The overall percentages of metal alloys is the same for rose gold as it is for yellow or white but a different mixture of alloys is used to obtain the rose gold color.
The most popular metal for engagement rings and wedding bands, platinum's naturally white sheen will never fade or change colour and accentuates the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond.
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The 4 Cs Of Diamonds
Diamond professionals use four important factors to describe and classify diamonds: Cut, Color, Clairity, and Carat Weight. For more information visit our store to speak with a qualified associate.
Of all the 4Cs, Cut has the greatest effect on a diamond's beauty. In determining the quality of the cut, the diamond grader evaluates the cutter's skill in the fashioning of the diamond. The more precise the cut, the more captivating the diamond is to the eye.
Color Gem-quality diamonds occur in many hues. In the range from colorless to light yellow or light brown. Colorless diamonds are the rarest.
Other natural colors (blue, red, pink for example) are known as "fancy", and their color grading is different than from white colorless diamonds.
Diamonds can have internal characteristics known as inclusions or external characteristics known as blemishes. Diamonds without inclusions or blemishes are rare; however, most characteristics can only be seen with magnification.
The carat is the diamond's physical weight measured in metric carats. One carat equals 1/5 gram and is subdivided into 100 points. Carat weight is the most objective grade of the 4Cs.