Gold has a myriad of peculiarities that make it special and valuable (and not just economically). So here we will explain to you from how the purity of gold is measured, where the different colors come from, how gold is formed in the universe and what benefits it has to wear jewelry with one of the most noble metals in the universe. P >
What are carats?
We use karat (K) to measure the purity of gold, and it basically explains how much of an alloyed metal is gold: 24 karat means 100% purity, as opposed to 12K which is 50% and the rest is a combination of other metals.
- 24K = 100% Purity
- 18K = 75% Purity
- 14k = 58% Purity
- 10K = 42% Purity
It is important to know that gold, in its pure state, is a very malleable metal, so it is easy to deform it. That is why in jewelry it is mixed with other metals to give it the necessary hardness to last forever.
The production standard in fine jewelry is 14K, which is approximately 58% gold. The rest are alloys that give it strength and change its color: resulting in yellow, white, or pink gold.
TIP: For those who like to wear jewelry with very large stones, it is recommended that it be in 10K gold, so that it has more firmness and is difficult to fall off.
It is important to know that karat (K) is not the same as gold baths. If you are interested in knowing more about the differences, visit our blog entry: Solid Gold, Laminated Gold, Gold Plated or Gold Plate, which one to choose?
Why are there several colors of gold?
The color of gold is yellow, but it can be combined with other metals to make different colors such as white and pink (which are the most classic colors found in jewelry) or even green and red!
The purer the gold, the more yellow it will appear; a 22K gold ring will look more yellow (albeit subtly) than a 14K gold ring.
For example, to create 18K gold of different colors we would use:
- Yellow Gold = 75% Gold + 12.5% Silver + 12.5% Copper
- White Gold = 75% Gold + 20% Silver + 5% Copper
- Rose Gold = 75% Gold + 5% Silver + 20% Copper
What care does gold jewelry require?
One of the great advantages of gold is that it does not rust. So when stored properly it can retain its amazing shine for a long time.
We recommend storing gold pieces separately from pieces of jewelry made of other materials, as these can scratch or lose their luster.
To clean them, you can leave them in hot water with hand soap or to wash dishes (so that the oil that begins to accumulate falls off the skin). Then you rinse them well with water until no soap residue remains and dry them with a hair dryer to avoid water stains.
IMPORTANT: If the gold piece has gems or precious stones, you should consider that each one may require special care and this cleaning procedure could NOT be applied in those cases. To see what care each stone requires, enter our Stone Care Guide .
Why is white gold jewelry "stained"?
It's not that it really stains, but the white gold that we get from traditional jewelers is usually platinized white gold.
Platinized is a finish that is typically given to white gold to make it more similar to platinum, and consists of giving it a rhodium plating. When the gold begins to "stain" and look yellowish it really is because the rhodium plating begins to fall and the color of the gold begins to come out.
In fine white gold jewelry it is most common to have it rhodium plated, so many people have a different idea of what white gold actually looks like
Natural white gold maintains the warm tone of gold. One of the great advantages of leaving it natural is that it will not require maintenance to maintain the color (since any gold plating will fade over time), the warm tone will make it stand out from the silver pieces and may even favor some stone colors.
Where does the gold come from?
Although it may seem like a joke, the gold of the earth comes from the stars.
The most precious metals on our planet were formed thousands of years ago in stars. And when they died as a supernova, they reached Earth thanks to the explosion of gamma rays.
We recommend the TED ED video " Where does gold come from? " by David Lunney. Where he explains in detail this fascinating process.
So when you ask yourself why gold is so scarce and valuable, just remember that you bring a little piece of star that traveled thousands of kilometers to get to you ...
What are the energy benefits of wearing gold jewelry?
Apart from the economic and practical benefits that we already mentioned of gold jewelry; energetically, gold (thanks to its origin in the stars) is one of the most channeling metals in the universe, so it is ideal when it comes to designing a piece and attracting different benefits to our life.
Have you heard the phrase "Dress for Success"? It is said that we must vibrate at the same frequency as what we want, so gold jewelry is an open invitation for abundance to come into our lives.
If you are interested in delving into this topic, enter our Amulets and Talismans entry, so that you can learn how to combine this incredible metal with different gems to balance your chakras and attract the infinite abundance of the universe. < / p>
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