Types of Gold

Gold is considered a premier precious metal and one of the most popular choices in jewelry. Pure gold is the yellow shade everyone knows so well, but gold is also available in white and rose.

What is the difference?

Before we talk about the difference between yellow, white, and rose gold, we need to cover how gold is measured. The standard measurement of gold is the karat. Pure gold is 24 karats, which means that 24 out of 24 parts of gold. Because pure gold is too soft for jewelry, it is combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. For example, 14K gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other alloys. The most common karats used in jewelry are 18K, 14K, and 10K gold.

Alloys used with yellow gold include copper and silver. Rose gold is created by combining gold with large amounts of copper to get its blush hue. White gold is often combined with copper, zinc, and nickel (or palladium).

Some jewelry is made with an inexpensive base metal and coated with a thin layer of gold. These coatings have many names, and they are largely determined by the thickness of the coatings. Two of the most common are gold plating and vermeil. While this can be a more affordable option to get the gold look, the coatings will eventually wear off. At KAY, we have a wide selection of karat gold jewelry in a range of prices to suit any budget.

Which type will look best on me?

This is, of course, a matter of personal preference. Each color of gold adds a distinct look to a piece of jewelry. Yellow and rose gold can make diamonds appear whiter, while white gold beautifully complements sparkling diamonds. Yellow gold adds a classic look, while rose gold has a romantic vibe and white gold feels more modern.

Which type will look best on you? That is also a matter of personal preference. It depends a lot on the outfit you're wearing and which color you think best suits your skin tone. The only way to know is to try on each type and choose the one you like best!


 

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