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26.08.2015

rsz_1portrait_6a FacebookThis article was written by Michael Fox, owner of Fox Jewelry, a business dedicated to the sale of Masonic RingsMasonic accessories and other fraternal jewelry. Fox Jewelry offers the largest selection of Masonic Rings and other Masonic Jewelry anywhere.

 

Exactly What Does Gold-Plated Mean?

In the event you have ever acquired jewelry in the past, you could have noticed the term gold-plated, also referred to as gold-plate. This is usually a method of overlaying another kind of metal by using a very delicate, very nearly microscopic, film of pure gold by electroplating it. Many business refer to gold-plated jewelry as gold overlay, nonetheless, these are generally basically the very same things.

Among the many major advantages that gold-plated items have is the fact that it is quite durable. Gold is basically very soft and delicate metal, and it is easily susceptible to nicks, dents, and bending. Gold plating can provide a gorgeous finish to a piece that needs to be sturdy and durable. The challenge would be that the gold finish on items can start to chip and wear away as time passes.  In addition, some gold-plated items can be susceptible to tarnishing.

Exactly What Does Gold-Filled Suggest?

Gold-filled jewelry is much more valuable than gold-plated. As a matter of fact you will find almost 100 percent much more gold in gold-filled things compared to what can be found in gold-plated items. Similar to how gold plated jewelry is plated with gold, gold-filled jewelry is plated with gold as well, however, there is a large difference involving the ways such jewelry is produced.

Gold-filled items possess a significantly heavier layer of gold on them and the gold is a much higher quality. As a matter of fact, it is only a step down from solid gold, when it comes down to quality and value for your money. With regards to solid gold, pure gold is very soft and is often not a great choice for jewelry; that is why an alloy is almost always used for gold jewelry items, worth a considerable sum of money.

Gold-filled items also use a gold alloy that can be really strong dependent upon the karat of the gold that is used. Understand that the lower karats of gold tend to be a little bit stronger, 14 karat gold being an example. A greater karat of gold affirms a higher purity, and while that means the gold piece by itself is significantly more valuable the metal will be a little softer.  As a frame of reference, remember that 24 karat gold is pure gold and therefore, the softest type of gold obtainable. Customers that are looking for a more durable piece of jewelry will want to opt for a lower karat.

You would not need to be worried about gold-filled jewelry tarnishing, and even if you have an allergic reaction to certain metals, you won’t have to worry about allergies from metals such s nickel. You can’t say the same about gold-plated jewelry.

Determining Whether an Item is Plated or Filled.

Perhaps you think it’s quite easy to find out if a piece of jewelry is gold filled or gold-plated. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy to find out if a piece of jewelry is gold-filled or gold-plated. Some people will use stamps, markers, and other identifiers on the gold item. One of the things that the US Department of Commerce requires is a stamp; nonetheless, this is only refers to gold-filled items produced in the US. If this stamp is present, it will indicate how much pure gold is in the piece of jewelry. For instance, the bare minimum quantity in order to be regarded as gold-filled is 20 percent. This item would have a stamp that looks like 1/20. You might also see 1/50, that in fact demonstrates that the item is 50 percent pure gold. This might seem to be a fool proof way to figure it out but it’s not.

First of all, the marking process is only done in the US. Jewelry is made of gold throughout the world, and this is not a standard that other countries follow. As with all product, gold jewelry comes from all over the world, so only if you know for certain it is from the US, you might not see this stamp. In addition, other countries and producers may stamp their own jewelry, but you might not really know what it indicates, or it could be stamped on gold plated jewelry in order to get more money for it.

There are two fool proof ways to test an item so as to ensure it is gold filled instead of jewelry that is gold plated, but both of them require you to see a jewelry professional. The very first is to have the piece electronically tested utilizing a device that will tell you how thick the gold is on the piece of jewelry. This is a very reliable method, but not all jewelers will offer it as this piece of equipment to test is very expensive. The standard method of testing for gold is to do an acid test. Using this test, a small amount of acid will be placed on the jewelry and will indicate gold plating as it will dissolve the plating quickly.  Just a minimal amount of the plating will dissolve, but you will definitely know what type of jewelry you have…

Gold-Plated Jewelry or Gold-Filled Jewelry?

Now having been told about the difference between jewelry that is gold-filled or gold-plated, you may be wanting to know which the best choice is when it comes to you.  There will be certainly be advantages and disadvantages to both kinds of jewelry.

Gold-filled jewelry has a much higher amount of gold in it and is much more valuable. This is a durable piece that will not tarnish or chip. It is also safe for those with metal allergies.

Gold-filled jewelry is more expensive that plated jewelry and will last longer; however, it does have a life span of about 10-30 years, unlike pure gold pieces that will last forever.

Gold Plated jewelry is very affordable and looks just like real gold. The piece will be very strong and durable in most cases as the gold will be plated over a stronger material. The amount of gold is minimal in this type of jewelry, and this leads to a much lower value. This type of jewelry can also tarnish, chip and flake away.

The decision is yours. If your budget is of concern and this is a piece of costume jewelry that you do not intend to wear a lot or for a long time, then gold-plated is the way to go.

If you intent to wear this piece of jewelry for a long time and you have a bit more money to spend, then I would go with pure gold or gold-filled.

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11.08.2015

This article was written by Michael Fox, owner of Fox Jewelry, a business dedicated to the sale of Masonic RingsMasonic accessories and other fraternal jewelry. Fox Jewelry offers the largest selection of Masonic Rings and other Masonic Jewelry anywhere.

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Although most of the articles that I write deal with Masonic Rings and other fraternal jewelry, I am often asked by my followers various questions related to the purchase of jewelry. One of them that comes about often is:

I am probably going to tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the differences but here it is and you can be the judge.

Both white gold and platinum are expensive metals. Which one is the best for you and why is there such a difference in price.

Both metals fall into the heavy metals section of the elements chart. Both metals are white. Gold is and always has been a favorite metal to be used in making jewelry as well as a lot of other things. Artisans have been making jewelry out of gold for thousands of years. It doesn’t tarnish, oxidize, rust and is easy to work model. Pure gold is 24K and is too soft to be used in making jewelry. Combine the strength of a few other alloys and you have got a great piece of jewelry that will last for a very long time. 14K gold whether it be yellow or white is an alloy made up of 58% gold and 42% other alloys.  18K gold is 75% gold and 25% other alloys.

Depending upon the other alloys used, the color may vary widely. White gold is normally achieved by mixing gold, silver, nickel, zinc and of course gold. In addition, to alloying the white color, white gold is normally plated with rhodium which is a hard and shiny white heavy metal. Rhodium is in the platinum family.

Just like gold, platinum does not corrode, rust or tarnish or change color over the years. It is also a great metal for making jewelry. Just because it is strong does not mean that it will not scratch or dent. Over time a platinum ring will develop a dulled finish after a while due to dents and scratching when contact with other surfaces. Platinum typically is not alloyed with other metals and that makes it more hypoallergenic.

Platinum rings typically cost more than 14k gold rings. This is because, platinum is denser and will weigh more than the same size ring made in gold. Platinum is also more rare than gold and costs more to purchase on the world market. With a platinum ring you are paying for 90-95% pure platinum whereas in a 14k gold ring, you are only paying for 58% gold. Platinum is also more difficult to work with, therefore more labor is expended when making your piece of jewelry.

Since white gold actually begins its journey through the process as yellow gold, it is actually not a truly white metal. When jewelers finish making a white gold ring, the last step in the process is to rhodium plate the ring. It may be necessary down the road to have your white gold ring re-plated at some point in time in the future.  This is a relatively inexpensive process to do and you will be able to enjoy your nice shiny piece of jewelry for a very long time. It will maintain its shiny appearance for a lot longer time that your platinum piece of jewelry. A platinum piece of jewelry will “dull up” much more quickly than your 14k white gold piece of jewelry.

Most consumers are not aware of this attribute and will be disappointed when their platinum rings loses its luster after only a few months of wear. For maintenance your platinum ring will need more frequent polishing than your white gold piece of jewelry; however, your white gold piece of jewelry will need to be re-plated from time to time.

If your ring has many small diamonds, I recommend white gold as it will be more forgiving when abused and will be less likely to lose the small diamonds when dropped as the platinum ring will be more brittle.

White gold will retain its luster much longer than platinum.

I probably told you at the beginning of this article that you would probably hear more than you need to know, but it is fairly evident what my choice would be. White Gold!

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