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Metal – Yellow Gold

15 November, 2022

15 November, 2022

Yellow gold, one of the oldest and most popular metal choices of all times, is simply glorious. It never fails to mesmerise us with its warm hue, gorgeous and alluring appeal. The classic charm of this metal evokes a sense of old-world beauty, luxury, magnificence and wealth.

Even the discovery of this metal is fascinating in itself and further enhances its mystery quotient. It is said that there is no particular time or year where one can map the origin of gold. The initial use of gold by different civilisations is thought to be dated back to around 4000 BC.

Once it was (probably) the only metal choice available, but today, there are other options available like platinum, silver and more. Despite this, yellow gold seems to retain its status of being everyone’s favourite! And this could possibly be chalked down to some of its unique features.

 

Natural Hue

 

When we hear the word ‘gold’, an image of gleaming yellow-golden metal pops into our minds. But in spite of this there is a popular notion that raw gold has a whitish tint to it. However, it is a misconception! In reality, gold in its naturally occurring state has a yellowish tinge to it. This means yellow gold’s hue comes closest to the raw, natural metal.

 

Hypoallergenic

 

Another factor that makes yellow gold a winner is the fact that it is least likely to cause any kind of allergic reaction in individuals. From all the different types of gold available in the market, yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic one. So, this metal is a safe bet for people with sensitive skin and a great choice even for long term use.

 

Malleability

 

One more thing that adds to yellow gold’s favourability is that this precious metal is very soft in nature. This malleability (ability to be moulded into shapes without cracking or breaking) of gold make it easy to design it into intricate styles and patterns. Additionally, in case of any breakage or damage, gold is super easy to repair too. Undoubtedly, this makes yellow gold a dream metal to be working with.

 

Durability

 

Jewellery designed with yellow gold is one of the most popular choices amongst both men and women. The reason for this is not only because these adornments are stunning but also because they are extremely durable. These creations can easily be repaired, and they are highly resistant to corrosion, rust and tarnish, which add to their desirability. Another advantage is that yellow gold is very easy to maintain and clean as well.

 

Symbolism

 

It is a well-known fact that gold engagement and wedding rings are traditional choices. The reasons being the rich hue, long-lasting splendour, strength and inherent value of this metal. Even among brides, yellow gold is considered a hot-favourite choice because it is said to symbolise fidelity, wisdom, health and eternity. Additionally, yellow gold creations designed in contemporary and classic styles look striking. Also, gemstones like diamond, ruby and more, when embellished in yellow gold give a vibrant look.

Well, these distinctive features certainly make yellow gold a highly sought-after metal. If you are one of those who loves this gold type, then it is imperative you know that it is available in different karats.

 

Karats

 

A karat (K) is the unit of measurement that indicates the purity of gold. One karat is 1/24th part of the whole. So, gold purity is denoted as the total number of gold parts contained within the alloy. The most common gold karats available are

 

16 karats

 

This indicates that within an alloy, 16 parts of gold and 8 parts of other metals are available. As out of 24 there are only 16 parts of gold so this gold type is usually less expensive. Due to the higher presence of other metals like copper, silver and more, this alloy is more durable and sturdier. Hence, it is a favoured choice for designing everyday items like rings, earrings etc.

 

18 karats

 

This alloy consists of 75 percent gold and 25 percent other metals. It is said to be a great choice for making diamond and other gemstone studded jewellery items. This is because it is less expensive as compared to 22 or 24K gold. Also, because it has a rich, vivid yellow tone which makes it completely suitable for designing such pieces.

Moreover, due to the lesser content of other metals, this type of gold is less likely to cause allergic reactions.

 

22 karats

 

As suggested, this alloy comprises of 22 parts of gold and only 2 parts of other metals. These alloyed metals make the gold texture tougher and overall make the metal more durable. This gold type is the most used one to create daily wear jewellery. Usually, plain creations are made using 22K gold as it is soft in nature. Hence, if it were to be studded with gemstones (that carry their own weight), chances of some sort of damage are higher.

 

24 karats

 

This one has 100 percent gold and no traces of any other metals like silver or nickel. It has a bright yellow hue, and generally in the market it is denoted as 99.9 percent pure gold. As it is the purest gold type, so it is obviously more expensive and even prone to damage (as other alloys have negligible presence). Thus, this form of gold is considered more appropriate for making gold coins and bars. Also, it is important to note that for the bars and coins a tiny part of alloys to make them harder. Hence, they are tagged as 99.9% 24 Karat gold.

In addition to these, there are also other karat options for gold available like 10K, 14K and more. These make great choices for people who are looking for less expensive gold jewellery.

 

Care and Storage Tips

 

Last but not the least is the fact that all the gold jewellery that you have and wish to own in future needs to be well-cared for. Creations that are maintained and stored nicely have a longer shelf-life and retain their luster and charm too.

 

Clean Regularly

 

To ensure that your jewellery stays brand new for a long period of time, make sure that you clean it regularly. For cleaning it, just soak it in a mixture of mild dishwash soap and water for some time. Later remove it and wipe with a soft cloth.

 

Avoid Chemicals

 

All types of chemicals, be it cleaners, hairspray, make-up, creams, have an adverse impact on your gold jewellery. Hence it is advisable that you store your jewellery away from all these chemicals. This will save your adornments from damage and spare you unnecessary grief!

 

Take Off Your Jewellery

 

When doing any rigorous activity like gardening or hiking, it is highly recommended that you remove your jewellery. The reason is that you may unknowingly bang it or scratch it causing damage to it. Also, when you are cleaning or cooking, it is best to leave your precious ornaments at a safe distance.

 

Wear It Last

 

Another thing that is frequently suggested is – when getting ready, put on your jewellery the last. The reason simply is that you may accidentally spray perfume or spill make-up items on your jewellery. And this, at times, has an unpleasant impact on your creations and damage them.

 

Store Separately

 

Only cleaning and precautions are not enough. One more thing to keep in mind is that you need to store your gold ornaments safely. Usually, it is deemed a good practice to store all your gold ornaments separately. Store each item in a separate fabric-lined pouch so that they do not develop scratches as a result of friction. Also, keep these pouches in a cool, dry and safe place, so you are not worried about harming the jewellery or losing them.

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