Real gold is bright, shiny and yellow – right? Well this is the natural colour of pure (24 carat) gold. Pure gold is rarely seen in jewellery as it is too soft to be durable enough for every day wear. Have you ever wondered how or why there are different shades of gold? Pure gold is often alloyed or mixed with other metals to make it stronger and less expensive. Or to change its colour.
At Flair Jewellery our craftsmen most commonly create our stunning designs using yellow, white and rose gold, or a combination of two or even three colours.
The most popular colour is yellow gold which has been alloyed with copper, silver or zinc to make it harder and more suitable for every day wear and tear. It can be reduced to either 18 or 9 carat.
The next most popular colour is white gold which became popular in the 1920s. White gold is made by adding white metals such as platinum, silver, zinc or nickel. White gold which, is made with platinum, may be more pricey than pure gold as platinum is extremely expensive.
Third in popularity is beautiful rose gold. Rose gold can be made into a variety of hues by adding different amounts of copper to the gold.
Did you know that in recent years new technologies have allowed gold to be produced in less common colours such as green, blue, purple and even black? These new colours are usually used in combinations to highlight each other or to add contrast to the more traditional colours.
It’s fascinating to know that gold has these beautiful shades and how they come about. Perhaps you have a picture in your mind about a unique piece of jewellery? At Flair Jewellery we can help you make this a reality! Contact us or come and join us on our Facebook page to find out more about beautiful gold jewellery and what is possible. Or leave us a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.