Gold rings are a classic choice and definitely offer many benefits, such as these rings being easily resized and repaired. Additionally, gold can be worked to have many different designs and finishes applied to the metal so there is a great deal of flexibility in the design options of these rings.
Yellow gold is an element and precious metal that is the base for all gold alloys. In its pure state it is a vibrant yellow/orange color. Pure gold is very soft and can easily bend or scratch, so most gold has been combined with harder metals to make it more durable. Adding those metals makes the color change depending on how much and what type of metal is added. Yellow gold alloys are made by mixing pure 24k gold with silver, copper, and zinc.
Rose gold is a pinkish alloy of yellow gold. It is created by adding copper and silver to yellow gold to achieve a rosy color.
White gold is a white alloy of yellow gold. It is created by adding a white metal to yellow gold. The most common alloy of white gold in America is created by adding nickel and zinc to yellow gold. Palladium white gold has gained popularity in the US in the last 10 years or so. Palladium imbues a subtle gray to the gold and is the closest in color of the white golds to that of platinum. Palladium is also hypoallergenic and offers a great alternative to people who may be sensitive to nickel or zinc.
The purity of gold is measured in karats. Pure gold, or fine gold, is 24 Karat. Gold in its natural state is malleable and easily scratched, so adding harder metals to it increases its durability. It also makes the gold more affordable. The higher the karat, the more expensive the metal. Most jewelry is stamped/hallmarked to identify the karat of the metal (I.e. 14k, 18k).
- 24k = 100% pure gold
- 18k = 75% pure gold
- 14k = 58.5% pure gold
- 10k = 41.7% pure gold