The Elements of Gold
Purity, Color, Pricing & Care for Gold in Dallas TX
Gold has been chosen for centuries as the denomination used in buying, selling, and measuring overall wealth. Some consider gold more popular than diamonds, and in today’s economy there is good reason to believe this is true. As one of the top Dallas cash for gold buyers, America’s Gold & Diamond Exchange sees gold as an enduring element that will be a great investment for years to come.
As a metal, gold has many benefits, but three key points really stand out:
- Gold will not rust.
- Gold will not tarnish.
- Gold will not corrode.
Although gold is very strong, it’s also the most flexible of all precious metals, making it most desired when designing custom jewelry.
Purity of Gold
The purity of gold is expressed in carats, often abbreviated to ‘ct’ or ‘K.’ Pure gold has a purity of 24 carats. Various other purities exist that are measured relative to 24 carats. Pure gold is much to soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with other metals like copper, silver, and zinc. If you purchase gold jewelry that is marked as 24k gold, you can almost be certain it has been alloyed with a small amount of copper. This gives gold strength and durability, as illustrated by the fine gold necklaces, earrings, and bracelets we sell. As a premier Dallas jewelry designer, we design and sell jewelry using both 18k and 14k gold.
Colors of Gold
Yellow gold is the most sought after color on the market today. The combination of natural gold and alloys, such as copper and silver, are what give yellow gold jewelry its brilliant shine.
White gold has also become very appealing. To make the gold white, it must be combined with metal alloys that are white in nature, and then plated with the element rhodium.
Rose gold gives off a distinctive pink hue, which is very popular with many of our best clients. Rose gold is created by combining gold with copper alloys.
The important thing to remember is that the overall percentages of metal alloys is the same no matter the color chosen; it’s just that there is a different mixture in what alloys are used.
Buying and selling gold jewelry or gold coins is dependent on several factors. The purity of the gold used or karat weight, the market value of gold, and the level of craftsmanship and design of each jewelry piece will dictate the final price.
Care of Gold
Gold is a natural element, and, as such, is affected by certain chemicals, especially those found in cleaning products. Take your gold off when working with chemicals or protect jewelry by wearing plastic gloves. To clean gold, use warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled toothbrush. When you are not wearing your gold, keep it in soft cloth bags or the original box for safekeeping.
If you have other questions about gold or any other jewelry, call us or come by and visit with our gemologists. Contact our gold buyers in Dallas today at America’s Gold & Diamond Exchange. We are your first choice for buying or selling gold in Dallas and throughout the Metroplex.