Monday, May 01, 2006

Discount Gold Jewellery

Discount gold jewellery sounds like a bargain but there are a few things to be aware of with this type of jewellery.

Firstly the gold content is much less than usual. This is generally advertised and it will be stated that it is 9 or 10 carat gold but this is a very small amount of gold mixed with other metals or ‘alloyed’, as it is called, and this is why it is so cheap.

Sometimes discount gold jewellery is really another metal that has been gold plated. You can even get gold plated mint coins.

The gold in plated gold is not always pure gold (except in gold coins) and the carat weight is often not stated so you can be sure it is very small. The plating may be very thin also and wear away easily.

Some discount gold jewellery looks very nice and it is possible to get some tasteful and attractive bargains if you are prepared to spend some time searching for that special piece.

It is important to make sure you know what you are getting. How is the piece described? Is there any information left out? What carat gold is it? How much does it weight?

Check out All about Gold Carats to find out how much gold is in different types of gold jewellery.

Compare the price to other similar gold jewellery which is not ‘discount' gold jewellery. You might be surprised to find which is the better quality.

Of course your choice can depend on a number of issues. Budget, taste, the need for a particular type of item and many other factors need to be taken into account. It may just suit your needs for a particular occasion.

Discount gold jewellery may sound attractive but be aware that you will always get what you pay for and also you will not get what you don’t pay for!

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