How to Buy a Yellow Gold Ring

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How to Buy a Yellow Gold Ring

Gold is one of the world's most precious metals and it is valued for its beauty and its ability to be crafted into fine jewellery. Gold has the unique characteristic of being easy to work into different shapes while maintaining near indestructibility. Gold has found several different uses other than jewellery and has been frequently used as a form of currency throughout the history of the world.

It is estimated that nearly all of the gold mined in the last 6,000 years is still in the possession of man in one form or another. It is constantly melted down and reused in new jewellery pieces over time, and it is possible for gold that was mined thousands of years ago to be in a modern gold ring newly created. When looking for a new yellow gold ring, buyers should understand the differences in the purity of gold, what types of metals are mixed with it, all about plated gold, and how to buy a gold ring on eBay.

The Purity of Gold

The purity of gold is measured in terms of how many carats it is. The higher the number of carats, the more pure the gold is. The purity scale ranges from 10ct gold, which is the lowest purity that can be considered gold in the United States, up to 24ct gold, which is 100 percent pure gold. The purity of gold is determined by the amount of various metals that are added to it to either give it more strength or change the tone of its colour. The larger the amount of metal added to the gold, the lower the carat purity is, however, it is also stronger and more appropriate for everyday jewellery. When considering the purchase of a yellow gold ring, buyers should take into account the various capabilities of the different carats of gold.


 Purity (Per cent)


 Common Uses



10 parts gold 14 parts other

The strongest gold; contains the highest percentage of other metals; excellent for everyday wear jewellery that might be subject to harder use



14 parts gold 10 parts other

The most common carat; adopted as the gold standard; most popular carat used in jewellery in the United States; good compromise of quality and strength



18 parts gold

6 parts other

Excellent carat for high quality jewellery; softer than 14 carat but still retains good strength; most popular carat used in jewellery in Europe



22 parts gold

2 parts other

Very soft gold due to minimal amounts of added metal; Popular carat used for jewellery in Asia;



Pure gold

The most expensive and softest carat of gold used in jewellery; not meant for everyday use; popular in Turkey and Asia

Gold purity ratings are different in European countries than North American ones. In Europe, gold purity is rated based on the percentage of gold that is in the alloy. The European method basically takes the percentage and creates a number from it, so instead of rating the purity of the gold by a number followed by a "ct", European gold has a three to four digit number stamped on the gold. 10ct gold in the United States is 41.7 percent pure, so in Europe it is stamped 417 instead of 10ct. 18ct gold has a purity of 75 percent, so in Europe it is stamped 750 instead of 18ct. 24ct gold is 100 percent pure and is stamped as 1000 in Europe. In Europe and North America, the higher the number on the gold, the less metal it has in it and the higher the value of the gold.

Colour Variations

When different metals are added to gold, they create alloys that change the strength and colour characteristics of the gold. Since pure gold is too soft to be used in jewellery that is worn every day, the metals that are added to it to make it stronger also change the hue and appearance of the gold depending on the various percentages of different metals that are added. If copper is added to gold, it creates a certain colour that is completely different if a small amount of iron is added in. Gold can vary in shading from white or grey to rose and even green hues. Metallurgists have fine-tuned the various percentages of metals added to gold over the years to produce beautiful and durable variations of the precious metal.


Nickel is mixed with pure gold to create white gold, which is either white or grey in colour. Nickel is a durable metal and strengthens the gold as it is added to it. Nickel is a common allergen however, and is known to cause dermatitis in many people. For that reason, other metals are also used to create white gold that do not have the allergen properties of Nickel.


Palladium is related to platinum and is more expensive than nickel but does not maintain the allergen potential. When mixed with gold, palladium creates a silvery white appearance to the gold and can be used on its own in the mixture whereas nickel usually requires other metals such as zinc or palladium when mixed with gold.


When copper is added to gold, it can create several different colour hues depending on the amount of copper added. Copper usually creates a pinkish tone to the gold but larger quantities create a rose tone. The more copper that is added to gold, the deeper the rose effect is. Copper is also mixed with other metals to create a greenish effect to the gold.


When silver is added to gold it creates a soft green hue. The deepness of the green can be manipulated by varying the amounts of silver and copper that are added to the gold. When cadmium is added to copper and silver, it helps to create the deepest green effect to the gold.


Zinc is added to gold in small amounts along with other metals to change the tones of the gold. It is most frequently used along with nickel and palladium to create white gold. It is also used in small amounts along with silver and copper in small percentages to create 22ct gold.


Iron is used to mix with other metals to change the shade of the gold that those metals would normally make. When added in with copper, iron gives the gold a grey or white appearance.

Gold Plated Rings

Gold plating is the process of coating rings made from lesser valued metals in gold to give them the appearance of gold rings. While the plating is real gold, it is usually very thin and usually does not contain enough gold content in the ring to make it worthwhile to smelt the ring and extract the gold. Therefore, gold plated rings and other jewellery are inexpensive and do not have carat or marking stamps on them to designate the purity of their gold. The gold in plated jewellery has a tendency to wear thin rather quickly if worn every day, so plated jewellery is not the best choice for a ring that is worn every day.

How to Buy a Yellow Gold Ring on eBay

Once you have decided to purchase a yellow gold ring, the next step is to determine the purity of the ring you want to buy and then utilise the powerful search tools available on eBay to safely find and purchase that new ring. Begin by navigating to the eBay home page and enter a keyword such as "yellow gold ring" into the search box. A list of different product pages are displayed that feature that keyword in the title. You can choose to search through the various pages until you find a ring that appeals to you, or you can select from various categories that refine the search and narrow the number of results according to what your specific requirements. You can also enter very specific keywords into the search box if you know exactly what you are looking for and only those results are displayed.

Once you have found that perfect ring, make sure to verify the seller's feedback rating prior to committing to the purchase. Buying jewellery on eBay is safe due to the feedback rating system used by buyers to rate the seller according to how they performed throughout the process. Sellers that have good feedback ratings have proven over time that they can be trusted to conduct their business in a professional and honest manner.


Gold is the most popular precious metal available for jewellery because of its unique properties and its stunning beauty. Gold is easy to work with yet is durable enough to stand up years and even lifetimes of everyday use. While pure gold is nearly too soft to make everyday jewellery from, when combined with various metals, it not only creates a stronger alloy of gold, but it can alter the colour to create dazzling variations of the yellow tint. Gold rings can vary from white to green to rose coloured to produce a ring that matches the tastes of any buyer.

When considering the purchase of a yellow gold ring, buyers should visit local jewellers to get properly fitted prior to purchasing. It is also a good idea for buyers to browse around and get a good idea of the various styles and patterns of rings available. Once they have decided on a certain type of ring, buyer should make sure to shop around for the best available prices. One great place to search is the various product pages on sites such as eBay.

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