Gold is a beautiful and imperishable metal. It was one of the first metals to be mined because it commonly occurs in its native form (100% Pure)
Pure (100%) gold is too soft, and it is usually mixed with other metals (gold alloys) to make it stronger and more usable for jewelry.
The metals that are mixed with pure gold for strength can also modify the color of gold resulting in different shades of yellow, white, and pink.
KARATS - Indicate the amount of pure gold in the metal. Abbreviation: kt
37.5% 41.7% 58.5% 75% 100%
USA: 9 kt 10 kt 14 kt 18 kt 24 kt
World Wide: 375 417 585 750 999
PRICE - The following are some of the factors that determine the value of a gold
* weight: gold is sold by weight - grams(gr) or pennyweights(dwt), the heavier the piece, the higher the gold content, therefore it is more expensive.
* design: designer jewelry is more expensive, especially if it is a one of a kind piece.
* finish: special finishes to the metal such as matte, or sand-blasted finish add to the cost of the gold jewelry piece.