3 Gold rings!

Friends and customers alike sometimes ask us what  types of gold are out there?


3 Gold rings - Puzzle ring in Rose, White and Yellow

Most importantly it is the purity of Gold that stands out first when thinking gold! Pure gold is pure gold. Like petrol which has been refined to an agreed standard or distilled water which has been distilled to an agreed standard, the result is the same. The only variation is in the standard to which the petrol or gold has been refined. The varying price of gold per gram reflects this. Also certain additives can change the colour of the gold to shades of yellow, white or rose.

Rose gold is a rich red colour of gold produced, typically, in Victorian times.'With rings for example some antique jewellery are made with platinum settings soldered onto an 18ct yellow gold shank, nowadays white gold is more fashionable to some people as diamonds display better against white.

Rose Gold                                 White Gold                                Yellow Gold

There are many other techniques for combining precious metals, though they are not generally seen in this country because they cannot be hallmarked (you cannot have a selection of hallmarks on one item). Some examples are: layering and rolling layers of platinum and different coloured gold, similar to rolling different colours of Plasticine in your hand; fine wires made of a mixture of platinum and 18ct strands; inlaying a wire of one colour onto a background of another (eg. an initial or logo on cufflinks); rolling layers of different metals then removing parts of the top layer (by engraving or etching with acid) to reveal the colour below. This can be a gold buyer’s nightmare if you come across these types of gold as the only way to separate the different metals is by hand if possible or in most cases by assay testing!

Are there any other types of Gold?

The short answer is no. For instance, how does Welsh gold differ from Indian or persian gold? it doesn't. There is absolutely no way of telling one from the other. So why is Welsh gold 'worth' so much more than other gold? The gold price by gram is exactly the same as any other gold, but the product (jewellery) being sold is not really just 'gold' but also a romantic image of Wales.

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