Monday, June 05, 2006

14kt gold jewellery

14kt gold jewellery is probably the most common form of gold jewellery. It is not too expensive, it is more durable than pure gold yet it can be worked into many shapes and styles.

14k gold jewellery is about 54 percent gold and the rest is made up of silver, nickel, perhaps platinum and some other metals. These are designed to make the gold more durable and hardwearing as pure gold is very malleable and easy to warp and break.

14k gold jewellery can be easily fashioned, however, into many shapes and styles and most of the 14k gold jewellery today is made by machine. Rarely is a piece made by hand and when it is it becomes that much more expensive.

Still, it is important that your 14k gold jewellery be looked after well and kept in good condition if you want to last.

Never, for example, clean it in bleach. The other metals can be oxidized and turn the piece black. Warm soapy water well rinsed and dried afterwards is the best way to keep your piece clean.

Stored in a separate contained so diamonds and other gems do not scratch the surface is also a prudent idea.

The piece you pick should be from the top end of your budget to ensure you get the best possible for your money. Discounted jewellery is usually not so good quality and really should be avoided.

Always ensure that what is advertised is the product you are buying. Such phrases as “up to” and “like” indicate that the piece may not be what you thought it was.

Keep the above points in mind and you will get and enjoy your 14kt gold jewellery!

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