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From modern U.S Treasury to  the ancient Egyptians, there are few metals that have had such an influential role in human history as gold. Gold has a long history as a valuable metal and its history is far from over.  flakes of gold have been found in Paleolithic caves dating back as far as 40,000 B.C. In 1792 Congress passed the Mint and Coinage that established a fixed price of gold in terms of U.S dollars.

“k” indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewelry is gold,  Pure Gold or 100% Gold is referred to as 24k Gold.

14k gold is composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% of other metals. 18k gold is composed of 75% gold, which is alloyed with other metals to make it strong enough for everyday wear.

As the percentage of pure Gold decreases, the strength of the metal increases, therefore as the percentage of pure Gold decreases, the price of the metal also decreases:

  • 24 karat Gold is 100% pure Gold  and is too soft for making jewelry
  • 18 karat Gold is very popular for fine jewelry, good balance of strength and value
  • 14 karat Gold very popular for jewelry. Good balance of durability and value
  • 10 karat Gold Not acceptable for jewelry

White Gold

Gold is used to create a majority of the fine jewelry on the market today including engagement and wedding rings, white gold gets its gleaming silver hue from the addition of alloy metals, including palladium, zinc, copper, tin, and manganese.

The final process of making White Gold involves plating the metal with a layer of Rhodium. Rhodium is a shiny white metal, which is extremely hard and durable.
Rhodium may wear away over time replating is a simple process that  will restore its original luster.


Yellow Gold

A popular choice for engagement and wedding rings is  yellow gold.  It gets its warm, lustrous hue from the silver and copper alloys with which it’s mixed.

Within the yellow gold family, there can be a marked difference in shading based on the karat.18 karat gold is has a very rich yellow color to it.

14 karat gold is less precious gold and has a yellow color that is not as rich.

Rose Gold

In the world of fine diamond jewelry, a mixture of colors is often the perfect combination. Rose gold has been introduced to the jewelry market only recently.

The beautiful pink hues is a popular choice in jewelry.  The pink hue on rose gold is created by using a copper alloy. It is also sometimes known as pink gold.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Periodic cleanings of your fine gold jewelry can help to restore its original luster and keep it looking its best.

Beverly Hills Jewelers recommends to clean any gold jewelry by using a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled brush, then rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry.