Gold has captivated humankind for hundreds of years—but what makes gold pure, and what are the different types of gold? Whether a pair of earrings, a wedding ring, or a necklace gifted from family, it’s likely you have a piece of gold sitting in your jewelry box at home—even if you don’t know it!
The experts at Dondero Jewelry share the key differences between different types of gold and give a glimpse at what they’re made of.
This is your guide to gold at a glance!
Types of Gold and How They Differ
24-carat gold isthe only naturally occurring gold in existence, according to experts at Dondero Jewelry. All other golds are alloys or a mixture of pure gold and other metals. 24K gold is considered too soft for jewelry, as it is easily bent, dented, and scratched. Other metals are introduced to gold to strengthen the metal and to create new shades of gold.
Yellow gold, while often mistaken for natural gold, is often a combination of gold, silver, copper, and zinc. Among the few types of gold there are, this metal is the most hypo-allergenic of the gold alloys and makes a great choice for those with sensitive skin or metal allergy.
White gold is most often made of gold and platinum but can sometimes be made with palladium, nickel, and zinc. It’s more durable and resistant to scratching than yellow gold and is a more affordable option than either yellow gold or platinum. So, if you like the look of platinum but you’re on a budget, white gold may be a great alternative, says Dondero Jewelry.
Ah, rose gold. Who doesn’t love this pinkish hue? It’s a beautiful alloy made of gold, copper, and silver, and has been an explosive trend in the past few years for engagement and for everyday wear. Because of the copper, rose gold is more durable than white or yellow gold, making it a great option for everyday wear, says Dondero Jewelry.
You read that right! Some types of gold are little more rare than others. Green gold (or Electrum) is a lesser-known alloy typically mixed with silver and sometimes copper. The addition of silver is what gives the gold a greenish hue. Green gold is rarer than yellow, white, or rose, making it a perfect selection for the shopper who wants to stand out.
Are you looking for just the right gold jewelry to add to your collection? Dondero Jewelry in Vineland, NJ carries a range of gold from yellow to rose that can customized or refashioned for a piece as unique as you are. Visit their store at 2439 North Delsea Drive or call 856.691.1164 to learn more about their product lines.