How to Select the Best Gold for Your Jewellery
As jewellers in Brisbane specialising in custom wedding and engagement rings, one of the metals we most frequently use in our jewellery designs is gold, the softest and most malleable of the precious metal family. As a pure metal, it is too soft for most jewellery applications and must be alloyed with other metals to give it the strength and durability necessary to create jewellery and rings in which diamonds and gemstones can be set.
Quick tips on gold from the leading designer jewellers in Brisbane
Fine gold is a very rich yellow. Therefore, to colour the gold, it has to become an alloy. The 24 carat is 100% gold. Other metals added to it creates 18 carat or 9 carat coloured gold. 18 carat yellow gold can be made from 75% pure gold with 12.5% silver and 12.5% copper. 9 carat yellow gold may have 37.5% gold, 15% silver and 47.5% copper.
To produce white gold, a combination of either silver, platinum, palladium, nickel or zinc will be added. White gold engagement rings are a popular choice. It’s also used in matching custom ladies wedding rings and men’s wedding rings. For pink or rose gold, copper is added to the mix of gold and white metals.
Rhodium plating is used to give white gold its beautiful sparkling colour and Ashley Douglas offer a same day service for rhodium plating in Brisbane City. The length of time that rhodium plating lasts depends on a variety of factors, but generally it is between three months and one year.
Find out why Rhodium plating needs reapplying over time.
Ashley Douglas are designer jewellers in Brisbane offering custom wedding rings, engagement rings, dress jewellery and more. Our skilled craftsmen are more than happy to meet with you and answer all of your questions regarding the use of gold in the creation of exceptional jewellery, along with current gold prices and availability. Contact us today by phone on (07) 3012 8112, send us an email or visit our Brisbane Arcade workshop.