If there is one thing that won’t be going out of fashion anytime soon, its gold; specifically, gold jewellery. Gold has historically been, and still is, a form of commodity in itself which makes it very popular with investors or those who enjoy owning luxury items.
If you’ve decided that you need a piece of wearable gold in your life, look no further than this guide where we break down exactly what you should be looking for.
- The Carat is Everything
The carat of gold tells you everything from how pure it is to how expensive it will likely be. Some types of jewellery are only suitable to be made out of certain purities of gold.
You will often find that thick gold rings are made from 9ct gold whereas as delicate earrings are made from 24ct gold. The reason for this is that a gold alloy such as 9ct is much stronger and is able to withstand the knocks and scratches that purer gold isn’t.
- 24ct gold is 100% pure
- 18ct gold is 75% pure
- 14ct gold is 58.5% pure
- 9ct gold is 37.5% pure
18ct gold is perfect for allergy sufferers as it does not cause skin reactions that can be prevalent with other metals. Gold is measured in grams, the heavier the gold, the more it will be worth.
- Hallmarks of Authenticity
All precious metal should be stamped with a hallmark. A hallmark is essentially the guarantee of a metals purity and authenticity. Gold produced and sold in the UK needs to bear 3 individual marks for it to be legal. These include;
- A sponsor’s (maker’s) mark
- A fineness mark for purity
- An Assay mark by an independent third party
If in doubt, you will be able to tell exactly what carat of gold a piece of jewellery contains by looking at these marks. The number 750 would signify 18ct whereas 375 would signify 9ct.
Whenever looking at jewellery to buy, always take a look at the hallmarks to independently verify the seller’s claims. We suggest bringing a small magnifying glass with you.
Some gold items are actually only gold plated so always keep this in mind. A gold plated item will not be worth anywhere near what a 9 to 24ct gold item would be. Gold plated metals will usually lose their plating and begin to reveal the base metal underneath which you could be allergic to.
- Yellow Gold or White?
Gold is not just available in yellow. It is perfectly possible to purchase an authentic item of jewellery that is actually rose gold or white gold in colour. These are usually mixed with alloys to obtain this colour but are still gold nonetheless. As always, check those hallmarks.
There are several jewellery designers which incorporate a range of precious metals and stones into their designs. Thomas Sabo jewellery is readily available at a reasonable cost from several high street retailers. We would suggest that you take a look at the various styles and metal choices available before making your decision.
High quality jewellery can last a lifetime so make sure that you get the buying process right. Hopefully one day, someone further down the family tree will be able to enjoy it as much as you have.