Gold Jewellery by Forum Jewellers
As a precious metal, it has been used for many thousands of years by people all over the world.
Pure gold is too soft for everyday use, so for durability, gold jewellery is mixed or alloyed with other metals. The amount of pure gold in a particular piece of jewellery is measured in carats (ct) – 24 carats being pure (fine) gold.
Many people are unaware that gold need not be the familiar yellow golden colour. By adding different metals to the alloy mix, it is possible to create gold in a variety of different colours ie. pink, rose, white etc.
Silver and palladium are alloyed with gold to create white gold jewellery. The use of alloys means white gold is not a bright white. White gold is usually plated with Rhodium to give a bright appearance, but as it is only plating it will wear through to show the natural colour. This of course can be restored by re-plating after a thorough polish and clean.