India is smitten by gold! Gold has the longest history of use in jewelry of all precious metals. Gold is very scarce and it takes approximately 3.2 tons of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of pure gold. This metal is the epitome of heritage, prosperity and opulence. Its warmth and traditional appeal makes it a true classic piece of any bridal jewelry. India’s love affair with gold starts with mythological tales of how Gods rode on chariots made of gold. Economies have been underpinned by the value of gold. That just shows that this metal is held in high regard by all countries. Owning gold jewelry in form of gold bangles, gold rings and even gold earrings make for a great investment option. Many Indians prefer buying 24K gold coins over gold jewelry when they choose to invest in gold.
The price you ultimately pay for your gold jewels depends on the current market value, its purity, weight and of course the craftsmanship of the design.
The three most popular precious metals are gold, silver, and platinum. Gold is a very strong metal but also very malleable so these metals are used alone or alloyed with other metals to make jewelry and coins in addition to their industrial uses to increase its strength, durability, and colour.
Yellow Gold: The word ‘gold’ comes from the Old English Word ’geolu’ which means yellow. Natural gold and colour-saturated alloys are what give yellow gold jewelry its rich shine. The alloys most commonly used, are copper with a red hue, and silver featuring a green hue. An expert mixture of copper, silver and pure gold gives this precious metal its original colour.
White Gold: To give White Gold its brilliant shiny white luster, the final process of making White Gold involves plating the metal with a layer of Rhodium. Rhodium is a shiny white metal, which is extremely hard and durable. Over time, with regular wear, the Rhodium plating may wear off revealing the yellow Gold underneath, and can be easily repaired by a jeweler who can redo the Rhodium plating. White gold alloys can be made with palladium or nickel. White 18-carat gold containing 17.3% nickel, 5.5% zinc and 2.2% copper is silvery in appearance. High-carat white gold alloys are far more resistant to corrosion than are either pure silver or sterling silver.White Gold is far most popular precious metal for engagement rings. The luster & elegance of white gold makes it favorite for diamond setting as its price difference to platinum.
Rose Gold: Rose gold, also known as pink or red gold, is created by increasing the copper-coloured alloys mixed with the gold and decreasing the silver-coloured alloys. 14K rose gold is slightly pinker in colour compared to 14K gold because there is more copper in the alloy compared to the amount of copper in 14K gold alloy. 18 k gold, containing 25% copper is found in antique and Russian jewelry and has a distinct, though not dominant, copper cast, creating rose gold.
Owning to its colour, pink gold also compliments every skin tone, unlike white gold, which had turned it into most desirable colour amongst the generation today.
Every piece of jewelry is stamped with its purity, BIS hallmarking, brand name & your unique order id, which enables the customer to exchange or sell the product later & also for the jeweler as it helps them recognizing their manufacturing. Hallmarking ensures that the product in question is manufactured in the exact karat weight that it claims to be made of. The alloys used commonly to change the colour of gold are copper, nickel, silver, zinc, palladium & manganese.
Silver is the most widely used precious metal of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. According to estimates, there are approximately 17 ounces of silver for every ounce of gold. In ancient Egypt, silver was considered more valuable than gold and the leading producing countries in the world today are Peru and Mexico.
Sterling Silver jewelry is the United States is made up of 92.5 % silver mixed with other metals and will be stamped ".925" or "sterling". Most silver flatware is made of sterling silver although lower quality silver was also used in flatware.
More than 95% of annual silver consumption is from industrial and decorative uses: photography, jewelry, and silverware.