Thursday, September 21, 2006

Gold Anklets

Gold anklets are very much an individual taste. Gold anklets come in a wide range of styles, colors and designs.

The gold used us usually 10 karat or perhaps 14Karat. This means that you have about 50 percent gold or less in the anklet. The balance is made up with nickel, copper and other metals, mainly to increase the hardness and durability of the anklet but also to save money. Gemstones and charms are often included and even beads for decoration.

There are many places one can get gold anklets including local jewelers, online from dealers and jewelers as well as many auctions on line.

It is important to ensure you are dealing with a genuine seller of course. Mostly common sense is sufficient, such as checking the seller has contact details available on their site or if by auction are a power seller (on eBay) or the equivalent on other auction houses. Ensure they provide a secure page for credit card details and have a returns policy.

Read the description of the gold anklet carefully and ensure you know what you are buying. Compare the gold anklet when you get it to the description and ensure it is correct. Avoid gold plate as the gold used is of the cheapest kind and although it may state 14 karat gold, the coating will be very thin and wear away very fast and will look pretty awful.

Check the description of the gem stones if they are included. Are they genuine?

Cleaning and maintaining gold anklets are important. They will tend to collect more dust and grime than most jewelery as they are close tom the round and feet will kick up duct a lot.

A gentle wash in warm soapy water followed by a thorough rinse will get rid of the grime that collects with everyday use. Avoid chemicals and detergents as they can react with the other metals alloyed or 'mixed' with the gold and turn the anklet dark or black.

Ensure it is completely dried so it does not attract dirt again and store safely away when not in use.

Keeping in mind the above will ensure you have many happy hours with your own gold anklets.

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