What mean of Gold?

Apr-06,2013 06:45 AMCST   CkyBuy   Bookmaker: CkyBuy Admin    
SUBJECT: Earring   Necklace   Ring  
Gold is one of the heaviest known metals and is cherished not only for its beauty, but because it is easy to work with and it's resistant to tarnishing. When we talk about "karats", 24k means that the gold is 100% pure; 18k contains 75% gold and 14k contains 58% gold. Gold that is less than 24k is blended with base metals.

"Gold filled" jewelry is made by bonding 10k gold or higher to a base metal, and is required to be at least 1/20th of the total weight of the piece. The gold is heated and pressed over base metals such as brass, bronze or nickel, and results in a metal that is stronger and more durable than pure gold.

"Gold vermeille" is at least 14k gold applied over an interior of sterling silver and retains its beauty and wearability for a long time.

"Gold plate" refers to jewelry or findings in which a very thin layer of at least 10k gold is applied to the surface of a base metal. There is much less gold on a gold plated item, and is susceptible to wearing off with time and use.

In my jewelry at Bead Euphoria, I use primarily Bali, Thai, and American sterling silver, and at least 14k gold fill and gold vermeille. 
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