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Gold Jewelry FAQs

What Color of Gold Is the Natural One?

Pure gold is reddish yellow in color. Other colors, including green, white, and rose, are achieved through manmade alloy mixtures.

What Is Rose Gold?

Rose gold is a pinkish material known for its whimsical, vintage appearance. To achieve this unique shade, metalsmiths add copper to the gold base. This results in gold that’s more durable than yellow gold. Because of its feminine appearance, it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for wedding rings.

What Is White Gold?

White gold was developed to provide an affordable, lightweight alternative to platinum. Its silvery, white color is achieved by mixing yellow gold with a substantial amount of zinc and nickel. The lower the karat, the “whiter” the piece will be. 

What Do Those Numbers on My Jewelry Mean?

KaratageGold PercentageFineness
10K41.6%+416
417
14K58.3%+583
585
18K75%750
22K91.6%916
918
24K99.9%999

Is Gold Jewelry a Good Investment?

While not as valuable as gold bars or gold certificates, gold jewelry is an investment that can be worn and used. It’s also easy to liquidate in the case of a crisis. The biggest benefit of gold jewelry as an investment, however, is its tendency to run contrary to the stock market. As the economy worsens, the demand for gold and items made from it grows.

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What Gold Karat Should I Choose?

Karat

Reasons to Purchase
24K
  • Highest intrinsic value
  • Status symbol
  • Extremely vibrant
  • Hypoallergenic

18K

  • Enhanced vibrancy
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for regular wear

14K

  • Favored by jewelers
  • Suitable for the everyday wearer
  • Good mix of richness and brightness

10K

  • The most durable
  • Gets you the most bang for your buck
  • Usually is virtually identical in color to 14K

Are There Any Other Shades of Gold Jewelry?

While Jahda only stocks white, yellow, and rose gold, there are other varieties out there. These include green, dark grey, light grey, purple, and blue.

What’s the Difference Between a Karat (KT) and a Carat (CT) ?

Karat is a term used to denote gold purity. In many countries, this number must be clearly stamped on gold jewelry pieces. Pure gold is indicated with a stamp of 24K. Anything lower is made up of some portion of other metals. These are typically added to strengthen the item and offset its cost.

Carat, meanwhile, is a unit of weight associated with diamonds and other gemstones. The term comes from the fact that ancient jewelers once used carob seeds to determine the weight of gemstones. As time passed, the association with the seed vanished and the term “carat” was used instead. Today, the carat equates to 0.2 grams.  Stones that weigh less than one carat are indicated by a decimal. A half-carat stone, for instance, weighs 0.5ct. 

I Have Allergies. Can I Wear Gold Jewelry?

Those with sensitive skin will be relieved to know that gold jewelry is an option.  This is because of its stability and chemical properties. Please note, however, that only items rated between 18 and 24K are considered hypoallergenic. In lower purity items, other alloys are present in a high enough amount to cause reactions.

How Do I Know If My Jewelry Is Real?

There’s nothing quite like falling in love with a piece only to discover it’s a phony. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to determine the authenticity of gold jewelry:

  1. Look for a Stamp: Reputable jewelers always stamp their items with a karat indicator—this is typically required by law. So, before jumping to conclusions, try and find this stamp. Be advised, however, that scammers will sometimes fake this marker.
  2. Order a Gold Testing Kit: Check out Amazon for some at-home testing kits. If you’re not sure how these work, just find a tutorial on YouTube. Be sure to check the ratings before you buy! And, if it’s priced too good to be true, it probably is.
  3. Take the Piece to a Professional: Most of the time—especially if the piece is old or well worn—you’ll want to take it to a professional jeweler. They have the tools and expertise needed to determine the karat of your necklace, ring, or pendant.

Though there are several unusual testing options out there—including whether it streaks ceramic or makes a bell-like noise—we don’t advise using these. These tests don’t really have concrete parameters and can easily be misinterpreted by a layperson.

I Have a Bunch of Old Gold Lying Around. What Should I Do with It?

Through regular wear, jewelry items can break. And, sometimes, what was in vogue just a couple of years ago is now seen as classless or tacky. Fortunately, there are things you can do with unworn gold other than letting it collect dust. At Jahda, we’ll melt your useless gold down into a functional, wearable piece. Though we recommend going with a design from our catalog, we can also consider melting your old gold into a custom piece. If you want to trade in yellow for white or rose gold items, we do that too! The only costs to this service are the labor and refining fees. Anything left unused will be returned to you. So, if you want to retain value and utility, this is the way to go. Fill out our inquiry form or give us a call at 916-533-6907 for more information on our gold recycling services.

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