How to choose a gold ring?
Today, jewelry fashion is divided into three leading directions – classic, avant-garde and folklore. This applies to all jewelry and, in particular, gold rings. When choosing a piece of jewelry, you should pay attention to the following aspects regarding the seller: the selected company must have been on the market for more than one year; the seller must provide a warranty for the product for at least 1 year. And if a defect is found, the seller will repair it at his own expense, or take it back.
When choosing a ring, you should pay attention to the fact that they are not made of pure precious metals. In fact, rings are made from alloys of several metals to increase their strength and durability. Often times, gold is combined with silver, nickel, copper, palladium and zinc. Platinum and silver are combined with copper. The composition of the ring can be determined by its sample. The most common are rings made of yellow and white gold of 585 assay value. In such a ring 58.5% of gold and 41.5% of other metals are connected, it is shiny and rich yellowish in color.
Criterias of choice
The following expert advice will help you determine the authenticity of an accessory:
- Gold does not magnetise, so when you go to a jewelry store, you can take a magnet with you and make sure of the quality without leaving the checkout.
- The ginger metal is absolutely odorless.
- Another way to test gold is with a magnifying glass. It is necessary to look at the stamp through a magnifying glass, if the numbers on it are even and clear – in front of you is the original.
4 gold colors: choosing a jewelry alloy of wedding rings
Yellow gold rings
Lemon or yellow gold is popular in Europe. Its slightly greenish tint is due to the admixture of silver in the composition. In addition, the jewelry alloy contains copper: it is responsible for warm, sunny tones.
There are several samples of yellow gold – from 375 to 750. The higher the sample, the more malleable in terms of jewelry processing the metal will be.
The disadvantage of yellow gold is a relatively narrow assortment: not everyone succeeds in choosing models of the right size and design. Also, lemon-colored wedding rings are more difficult to combine with other decorative jewelry. Earrings made of white or red alloy, complete with them, will look ridiculous.
Red gold rings
Domestic manufacturers love gold with a characteristic pinkish or reddish tint. It was popular in the post-Soviet space, where its own sampling system was used, which was different from the European one. The composition contains the same components, but in different proportions: much more copper, which is why the color turns out to be reddish. Palladium is sometimes added to give the alloy a burgundy hue.
White gold rings
The popularity of white gold is growing every year. Its cold steel sheen perfectly emphasizes the beauty of diamonds, sapphires or tourmalines: in such a frame, precious stones appear larger and shine brighter. On a man’s hand, as on a woman’s, a white gold ring looks dignified and noble.
The composition of white gold can vary. Some manufacturers add cheap components to the alloy – nickel and zinc: it is they that provoke an allergic reaction. Others introduce hypoallergenic platinum group metals and carefully monitor the content of foreign impurities. It is impossible to distinguish one white gold from another in appearance.
Black gold rings
The most mysterious variant of jewelry alloy. Officially, there is no black gold: attempts to introduce cobalt and chromium into the composition most often end in failure due to the incompatibility of these components. Jewelers are content with plating one of the traditional gold alloys with black rhodium.