Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Rose Gold Jewellery

What is Rose Gold Jewellery?

Rose gold jewellery is really gold that has been alloyed with other metals.

Pure gold, known as 24 carat gold, is too soft for jewellery purposes so the gold is alloyed or ‘mixed’ with other metals such as silver, copper, zinc and bronze to strengthen and harden it.

The selection, combinations and quantities of each depend on the degree of hardness required as well as the aesthetic appeal of the finished product.

In 9 carat gold the amount of gold in proportion to the other metals is around 37.5 percent. In 18 carat gold it is about 75%.

Rose gold is produced by adding a brass-rich alloy or copper to give that ‘rose’ effect
Jewellery shown on your screen may show the rose color more exaggerated than it actually is so it is a good idea to go and see some samples of rose gold in natural light before you make a purchase.

In addition to rose gold there is also white gold more information on that can be found at White Gold Jewellery. White gold is created by increasing the proportion of silver, zinc and nickel. Actually white gold appears off white and is very often plated in platinum or rhodium to give it that final finish.

There is, would you believe, also green gold. This is not what you might think but is a gold mixed with silver and gives more a hint of green than the actual color. It stands out more when with white or yellow jewellery or even rose gold. Sometimes zinc and nickel are added to give hardness especially for rings when more hardness is needed.

Rose gold jewellery has a glow all it's own and, when used with the right jewellery, can look really beautiful in its own right.

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