22k Solid Gold Jewellery Buying Guide

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22k Solid Gold Jewellery Buying Guide

22k solid gold jewellery is often preferred over 24k gold jewellery due to the former's durability and scratch resistance. A costly investment, 22k solid gold jewellery is of extremely high quality. 22k solid gold proves ideal for setting gemstones and allows for manipulation into nearly any shape.

 

Markings

The karat marking on your gold jewellery indicates the percentage of pure gold it contains. Thus, look for solid gold options specifically marked 22k. Usually on the inside part of each piece at a non-visible location, it should be accompanied by a hallmark or trademark that identifies its maker. In addition to karat and maker mark, inquire about certificates of authenticity. They serve to indicate the jewellery's value and ensure that you are purchasing a quality piece of 22k solid gold jewellery.

 

Weight

The weight of the 22k solid gold jewellery directly affects its cost and durability. Gold jewellery is typically weighed in grams; the higher the gram weight, the more expensive the piece, and the better able it is at withstanding daily wear and tear.

 

Alloys

22k solid gold jewellery is often alloyed with another metal, such as copper, nickel, zinc, or silver, to increase its durability. It often also produces variations in colouring.

 

Alloy

Attributes in Gold Jewellery

Copper

Highly malleable and creates red and rose gold colouring

Nickel

Renowned for its hardness and strength and frequently added to produce white gold

Zinc

Most commonly added to harden the jewellery for higher durability and used as a secondary bleaching agent in coloured-gold jewellery to counterbalance the alloyed copper

Indium

Combines with gold to create a blue-grey colour; more brittle that other coloured gold; soft metal; and iron is sometimes added to blue gold to increase hardness

Aluminium

Creates a purple colour and usually placed in settings as faux stones

Silver

Used to lighten the tones of each piece; produces green or yellowish-green gold; and gives the jewellery a greater shine

Palladium

Softer white metal; highly pliable and hypoallergenic; and rarer and more expensive than other alloys

 

Colour

22k solid gold jewellery, including gold rings, necklaces and earrings, generally looks yellow. However, as the table mentions, you can also find 22k gold jewellery in white, rose, and other designer colours, such as brown, green, and blue. Manufacturers use one of two methods: patination or inter-metallic compounds. Patination means that the finish gold jewellery receives a coat of paint for colour. Conversely, the latter refers to mixing with other metals during its creation to create a specific hue.

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