Pure 24 karat gold is the bright yellow most of us think of when imagining the piles of gold found in Aladdin’s cave.
But 24 karat gold is soft, so not suitable for hardwearing jewellery.
To harden it, different elements are added, which also change the colour.
Yellow gold is pure gold with equal amounts of silver and copper added, along with a small amount of zinc. Depending on the mix, 18 karat and 9 karat gold is produced.
White gold has one of more of the following metal added: silver, nickel, manganese or palladium. The whiteness of the end result varies, so white gold is usually plated with rhodium to achieve a pure white colour.
Rose gold has copper added, with different quantities changing the intensity of the colour.
Yellow white is a variation of white gold that Village Jeweller often uses, with just a hint of warmth. This is perfect for a man’s wedding ring where the bright white of white gold can look harsh or even grey against his skin.
Another variation used at Village Jeweller is pink gold – perfect for those with a more pink skin tone. It has an earthy, lived-in look.
There are many other colour possibilities – blue gold, purple gold, green gold. It all depends on the additives and the imagination of the jeweller.
If you’d like to test out the different gold hues against your skin tone, pop into the Howick store, where one of our team can help you.