All You Need To Know About Gold Jewellery – Common FAQs
As you prepare to visit the mall for jewellery shopping – the gold jewels glare at us from behind its sparkling glass windows, tempting us to try them. So, there is something exciting and attractive about gold jewellery.
From graduation presents to minimalist proposal rings to heritage jewellery for weddings; gold seems to have made its way everywhere, becoming a women most common wardrobe accessories in this millennium.
However, how many of us can claim we know all about the gold jewels we wear?
Probably not many of us.
Fortunately, at C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers we always keep our clients knowledgeable in addressing all of your frequently asked questions about gold jewellery – to make you fell more confident and informed buyer to be a gold fanatic.
What is Karat Count?
When we go to buy gold jewellery, suddenly a lot of complicated industry terminologies greet us.
10K, 14K, 24K, jewellery, and so forth.
If you don’t know what they mean – there is no reason to worry. Let’s explain
Our jewellery is made of a mixture of metals, and thus is an alloy of many metals.
The letter ‘K’ basically stands for Karat – that is the percentage of real gold in the alloy mix.
Now you must be thinking why there isn’t a 100K depicting 100% pure gold. This is because gold was measured in 24thsin a German gold coin called a mark that was common about a thousand years ago. The purity of the gold in the coin was expressed in the number of carats of gold present in this 24-carat coin. Thus, 24K gold jewellery contains 100% gold.
On the other hand, 10K gold jewellery has 41.7% real gold, 14K has 58.5% real gold, and so on – until the maximum purest form being 24K.
The important thing to know is: the higher the karat count, the closer the jewellery is to actual pure gold, and therefore the yellower it is going to be (since pure gold is a shade of yellow), and the greater is it value. While you cannot purchase a 100% real gold jewellery since being too soft for jewellery making, another way of getting your hands on pure gold is by purchasing a 24KT gold coin:
Does Gold Come In Many Different Colours?
As you venture into a jewellery shop to purchase gold, you may be greeted by a multitude of colours: Rose gold, White gold, Yellow gold, Green gold etc.
This comes like a surprise, because we have probably only seen gold in its natural, yellowish hue.
To clear the confusion, first and foremost; by nature, gold does have a golden yellowish shade.
However, to bring other colorful shades, it is mixed with a specified percentage of otherbase metals to form of an alloy.
Rose Gold:T o add a touch of pink to the golden shade of Gold, copper is added. This turns ithue into Rose Gold – the famous and very trendy form of gold today.
White Gold: The silvery shade and feel of platinum is a mixture of pure gold and white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium,
For those who don’t like the conventional yellow gold, get classy with white gold jewellery instead. For example, this diamond necklace made with 18Kt White Gold can go perfectly with numerous semi-formal and formal attires:
What Is Gold-Plated Jewellery?
For those who are in search of pocket-friendly or inexpensive gold jewellery – they opt for gold-plated jewellery.
These are jewellery items that are not completely made with gold. They are jewels made with base metals such as brass, copper, zinc, lead, nickel and then are eventually electroplated with gold. This gives them the finish of yellowish hue of gold – making it appear as if it is real gold.
Can Wearing Gold Have An Allergic Reaction?
While artificial jewellery can appear troublesome for certain skin, one often wonders if gold can be the same.
Fortunately, gold has hypoallergenic options. That means, if you have skin issues or sensitive skin – there are particular forms of gold you can opt for and flaunt without a hint of worry.
Usually wearing 24K gold does not have any allergic reaction. In addition, wearing an alloy of gold and another metal like Nickel also is hypoallergic. Platinum is a metal that is hypo allergic and all can wear.
How do you wish to maintain Gold Jewellery?
Many times, jewellery is passed as family heirlooms or from a mother to a daughter or daughter-in –laws.
Yet, as the gold jewellery passes through many such generations – it is seldom cleaned.
Contrary to common thought, jewellery can be and should be cleaned to keep them sparkling and ensuring that the gems are seated well.
At C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers, we provide you with the right set of cleaning solutions and cloths to go for a good jewellery cleanse like:
Use the Town Talk Gold Polishing Cloth to clean debris and dirt off your gold jewellery.
Or, go for a deeper gold jewellery cleanse through the Town Talk Double Tank Ultrasonic Cleaner.
How Can You Be Sure Your Jewellery is Real Gold?
Another frequently asked question, people often wonder whether their jewellery is really gold.
The best way to know is:
- Look for discoloration. Gold jewellery usually does not fade or tarnish over a period of time, often discolouration needs to be checked.
- Purchase from a well-reputed reliable jewellery store.
We at C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers have crossed our 150 years in building relationship and trust from the Maharajas to Nizams to commoners with a rich history of selling gold, silver, diamond, gemstones and other heritage to estate jewellery. To ensure that the value derived by every client is to the maximum and make them feel that the own C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers.