In this precious metal guide, discover the top 5 essential things you should know before buying gold jewellery - including hallmarks and the types of gold available.
Top 5 Things To Know About Buying Gold Jewellery
1. Gold Colour Varieties
There are three main colour varieties available for gold jewellery. These include traditional yellow, modern white, and romantic rose. Rose and yellow gold doesn't tarnish, however if you purchase white gold jewellery you may need to get it re-Rhodium plated every once in a while to renew its shine. You can even find two and three tone pieces - such as the Russian Wedding ring which features three interlocked bands in the three separate gold colours.
9ct Two Tone Gold 0.10ct Diamond Illusion Cluster Ring
2. Solid vs Plated Gold
Before buying gold jewellery it's especially important to know the difference between solid and plated gold. If a piece of jewellery is plated it means it is only coated in gold, and not completely made of gold. You may come across the term 'gold vermeil' when browsing gold jewellery online - this is a type of gold plate, which is slightly thicker.
3. What Is The Rarest Gold In The World?
Currently, the rarest gold in the world is Welsh gold. Worn by the British Royal family on their wedding rings, you too can own a fragment of Welsh gold by purchasing Clogau gold jewellery. This is available to buy over on our T H Baker site.
4. Gold Hallmarks
Gold is a precious metal, and it is now a legal requirement to display a hallmark on solid gold jewellery items so customers can be reassured they're buying genuine gold. Check out the official hallmarks for gold below.
*Hallmarks courtesy of Birmingham Assay Office
5. Gold Fineness Levels
Gold jewellery items are predominantly available with 9ct, 14ct, and 18ct fineness levels. It's not common to see gold jewellery with a higher fineness level as it is a relatively soft metal, meaning it needs to be mixed with stronger base metals to make it more hard-wearing.
So, those are the top 5 things you should know before buying gold jewellery. At Discount Diamond Store we have a beautiful selection of gold jewellery, including rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. If you would like to know more about gold jewellery before making a purchase get in touch with our customer service team who are more than happy to help.