Gold or Gold Filled ??
This article will officially begin my program of writing jewelry related articles helpful to my customers, subscribers and other people who want a better understanding of the jewelry products which they own and want to purchase. These articles will cover a variety of subjects which will be both informative and educational. This one is about the difference between "Gold" and "Gold Filled" Jewelry.
White Gold--Yellow Gold.
Pure Gold is yellow in color and two soft to be used in making jewelry, so other metals musts be added to strengthen and harden it. White Gold is created by making an alloy of Gold, Palladium, nickel, zinc or silver. The percentage of each gold alloy determines it's "karat" weight. 24K gold is 100% gold; 18K gold is 75% gold and 14K gold is 65% gold. These are the most common karat weights of gold used in making jewelry. Therefore, when you purchase a piece of 14K gold jewelry, just remember that it is 65% gold and 35% other metals which were listed above. ( the amounts of each added metal can vary from different manufacturers) The same process applies to Yellow Gold except different metals are used to keep its nice yellow appearance.
Gold Filled Jewelry.
Gold filled jewelry is made using a different process other than making an alloy of gold and other metals. It is composed of a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. Some high quality gold-filled pieces have the look, luster, and feel of 14 karat(65%) gold. By definition, the minimum layer of karat gold in an item stamped GF must equal at least 1/20 the weight of the total item. 1/20 12kt GF is the most common stamp you will find on gold filled jewelry.
Under the normal wear and proper care which you will give to any precious metal jewelry, 14KGF jewelry will not peel or flake and can be a treasured as a heirloom piece. It is tarnish resistant like solid 14K gold and is safe for most people with sensitive skin who can wear solid gold 14 karat gold jewelry. Caring for 14 Karat Gold Filled Jewelry is as easy as caring for other precious metal jewelry. Therefore, 14K gold jewelry is a long lasting, economical way to enjoy the luster of gold without the expensive price tag.
I have written this article because of the many questions about the Ring Guards which I sell in JDesigns store. The "School Ring Guards" (White & Yellow Gold) and the "Regular Ring Guards" (White & Yellow Gold) are all "14K Gold Filled" jewelry pieces.
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