We get so many questions about the differences between the colors of gold, that we thought we’d share a few general fun facts about gold with you. If you want more view our other blog posts and go a little deeper.
1. What makes white gold white and rose gold red?
The gold is alloyed with palladium, zinc or nickel to make it white. Copper is used to create rose gold.
2. So which metal has more gold, 14k or 18k?
There is 75% gold in 18k and only 58% gold in 14k. The higher the number, the greater the purity.
|Warm and romantic 18k yellow gold set with an oval sapphire and rich green emeralds.||Modern and bright, 18k white gold Bikini engagement ring|
3. Pure 24k gold is 100% gold with no alloys.
It is extremely malleable and tends to be too soft for practical jewelry wear. Therefore, it is alloyed with other metals to make it more durable and less costly.
4. Gold is extremely malleable. A single ounce of it (about the size of a quarter) can be beaten into a thin continuous sheet measuring roughly 100 square feet!
5. Most gold–78 percent of the yearly gold supply–is made into jewelry. Other industries, mostly electronics, medical, and dental, require about 12 percent. The remaining 10 percent of the yearly gold supply is used in financial transactions.
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