Because of its intense versatility, Gold is by far the most common choice for all jewelry. Pure yellow gold, or 24 karat gold, which is the brightest, richest, warmest and most yellow of all of gold tones, is too soft for practical jewelry making. Thus, gold is mixed with different alloys, such as silver, nickel and zinc, which make it stronger, and also affect the hue of the metal.
While 22 Karat gold is used occasionally, most jewelry is made of 18 Karat, 14 Karat or 10 Karat gold (the Karat weight denoting how much “pure” gold is mixed with how much alloy) The Karat weight of the gold will greatly affect the appearance, particularly the color, of the gold - lower Karat gold, like 10 Karat gold, will have a paler, cooler tone than the buttery richness of higher Karat, such as 18 Karat, gold.
A fashionable classic, yellow gold achieves its warm patina largely from its natural coloration mixed with the red copper it is alloyed with. It’s a favorite for more classic designs like the six or four prong solitaire, or for softer or naturally inspired designs.
For an even warmer, softer and more romantic look, rose gold is a fabulous option. Achieved by combining yellow gold with a strong copper alloy, rose gold is an excellent choice for clients with lots of pink undertone. Here is an example of a Morganite featured in the super sweet and sophisticated Jalissa.
Of course, we can’t ignore the ever loved white gold. First patented in 1917, white gold’s pale, elegant silvery hue was an immediate favorite and has been for over 100 years. White gold gets its silvery white character from combining yellow gold with copper, zinc and nickel, which results in a yellowish white color. During finishing, jewelers plate white gold with a whiter metal called rhodium (a platinum group metal), which gives it a fully white look very similar to platinum. However as with any plating, this coating wears away over time, and requires cleaning and replating to sustain its fully white color (typically rhodium coating lasts about 6 to 18 months). We offer complimentary re-polish and re-rhodium application as part of our full maintenance of rings for our clients. The process takes about 1-2 days.