You’re clued up on diamonds and gemstones after researching engagement rings and wedding bands but how up to scratch is your metal knowledge? We’re here to make sure you know all there is to know and today we’re feeling yellow!
With its bright color and attractive luster, yellow gold has been worn as an adornment (and traded as currency) for thousands of years. Gold has been dispersed widely across the whole of the inhabited world and the discovery of gold occurred in many different civilizations and cultures throughout history. Gold artifacts discovered in the Balkans date from 4000 years B.C. Throughout time, people have been impressed by the brilliance of gold, which has attributed its value. Take a look at yellow gold designs from the Vashi engagement ring collection to see just how dazzling the metal looks.
Vashi Dominguez, jeweler to the stars at Vashi.com, told us “gold is one of the easiest metals to work with as it is the most malleable”. It occurs in a virtually pure state which neither corrodes nor tarnishes. Originally, gold’s early uses were ornamental and its brilliance and permanence made it the metal of choice for deities and kings. Gold was referred to by Incas as ‘tears of the sun’, and now symbolizes wealth, power and beauty across the globe.
Even today, gold endures as the principle choice for fine jewelry and wedding jewelry. However, gold production is in worldwide decline, which has caused a trend in high gold prices in every market.
In Arabia and the Indian sub-continent, 24 carat gold is preferred for its bright color. Yet for Western jewelers, 24 carat gold is considered too soft to make durable jewelry. The optimum combination of purity and strength for gold used for jewelry is considered to be 18 carats (or 75% gold). The metal with which the gold is alloyed will influence the appearance and nature of the finished product.
Yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with copper or zinc. The metal will not tarnish (which is great to know when making a life-long purchase made out of it) but may acquire scratches during a lifetime of use. Whilst some people don’t mind small scratches because they tell a story and show how sentimental the piece is when it’s been worn for so many years, imperfections can bother others. Have your engagement or wedding ring professional cleaned and polished every year to ensure it’s always shining as bright as possible.
Is yellow gold going to be your pick? Or do you have a different preferred metal?