Know Your Jewellery
Colours of Gold
Know About Karats
Gold´s purity is measured in karats. It is a measurement that indicates the content of gold in a particular alloy. Generally, the higher the percentage of gold content, the softer (and yellower) the piece. Sometimes, gold of a lower karat weight is plated in higher-karat gold to enhance its color. However, gold plating will wear off over time and your jewelry may need to be re-plated.
The ´K´ sign you may notice on a piece of jewelry stands for karat, so if the ring on your finger reads 18K, it refers to the percentage of pure gold in it. The higher the karat number, the greater the percentage of gold in it. Here is a brief guide on karats:
24K is pure gold.
18K gold is equal to 75% gold.
14K gold is equal to 58.3% gold.
12K gold is equal to 50% gold.
10K is equal to 41.7% gold.
Diamonds are indisputably the most treasured substance on earth. Often considered the ultimate gemstone, they have enthralled people throughout the ages with their magnificent brilliance, timeless elegance and durability. It isn`t any wonder that diamonds have come to symbolize the most exclusive gift you could give your beloved. While engagements and weddings are the most popular occasions to buy diamonds, couples celebrating important milestones in their marriage may also choose to buy a piece of diamond jewelry.
Know Your Diamond
No two diamonds are the same – each diamond is an individual piece of unique beauty. Buying a diamond is an extremely special occasion in itself and can be difficult especially for those new to buying jewelry. It is therefore useful to know some key criteria to consider while buying diamonds. These are commonly known as the 4 C´s:
The cut of a diamond is its most defining characteristic and greatly influences a diamond´s beauty. It is affected by the way the diamond is designed, the skill with which it was cut, the quality of its polish and the symmetry of the stone. A well-cut diamond is one that reflects light back to the eye of the beholder and shows off its inner brilliance.
Though fancy colored diamonds rarely occur in nature, laboratories can easily create them through irradiation and heating. However these rank significantly lower in value than natural fancy diamonds and can be identified in a gem laboratory.