Gold will probably always be one of the ultimate representatives of luxury and is a good investment for those who want to buy a piece of jewelry that does not lose much in value.
Gold jewelry can be from necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings and are designed and shaped in a variety of ways. This way, it is easy to find a piece of jewelry that suits you and your personality, and that can be a beautiful addition to the jewelry box.
However, if you are looking to buy gold, it may feel confusing to keep track of all the different qualities, stamps and qualities that prove that the jewelry is genuine. Therefore, here are some tips on what you can think of and look for to feel confident in quality and authenticity when it comes to beautiful gold jewelry, whether it be earrings, necklaces, rings or bracelets.
Look at the amount of carat
One of the most important things you should do to ensure the quality of the jewelry is to look at the amount of gold. Gold is measured in carats where the highest unit is 24 which means that a piece of gold jewelry, such as a pair of earrings or a necklace, which is marketed as 24 K is thus made in 100% gold.
The higher the carat, the more valuable the gold. Gold jewelry can also contain parts of other metals to improve the gold’s color or hardness, as pure gold is quite soft and sensitive.
Common examples are palladium or silver to produce white gold and copper to produce rose gold. These mixtures with other metals also cause the amount of carat to fall and when you buy gold and can, therefore, be met by designations such as 18 K, 14 K or 9 K.
18-carat gold contains 75% pure gold, 14-carat gold contains 58, 5% pure gold and 9 carats gold contain 37.5% pure gold. The term carat is used in most parts of the world to showcase the gold content of the jewelry and therefore makes it easy to make good purchases wherever you are.
Keep an eye on the gold stamps
In addition to controlling the amount of carat when you are buying jewelry in gold such as necklaces, earrings or rings is to ensure that they have the right stamps.
Different countries use different hallmarks for precious metals. This can be used if the jewelry has no manufacturer’s stamp and shows that it can be inspected by the Precious Metal Control.
When you look at gold, you can also come across a stamp with the numbers 750, which is the same as 18 K. 750 represents when the 75% gold jewelry consists of and therefore a stamp with the numbers 585 indicates that the jewelry is Made in 14K with 58.5% pure gold.