Gold is a sturdy and durable metal that will not corrode, tarnish or rust. These qualities have made gold a preferred choice for crafting jewelry. Gold is also a malleable metal when heated, meaning that jewelers can craft and shape it in myriad of ways. The purity of gold is measured in Karats with 24 Karat gold being the most pure. The word karat is derived from carob. Carobs were seeds used to measure the weight of gold in ancient times. In it’s purest form gold is a bright yellow in color. When being used for jewelry, gold is typically mixed with other metals to create an alloy for both strength and hue. This ensures that the gold will remain strong through the years. The more metals are mixed with gold, the lower the karat becomes. Four Mine crafts jewelry using 14 Karat and 18 Karat gold. These two variation are the most popular within the United States. Below is a breakdown of the different metal options and their components:
|14kt White Gold||58.5% pure gold, 10% Copper, 8% Nickel, 4.5% Zinc, 2.5% Silver|
|18kt White Gold||75% pure gold, 12% Copper, 8% Nickel, 6% Zinc, 4.5% Silver|
|14kt Yellow Gold||58.5% pure gold, 29% copper, 12.5% silver|
|18kt Yellow Gold||75% pure gold, 15% copper, 10% silver|
|14kt Rose Gold||58.5% pure gold, 41.5% Copper & Silver|
|18kt Rose Gold||75% pure gold, 15% Copper, 10% Silver|
14kt White Gold
14k white gold is 58.3% pure gold with a mixture of palladium, zinc, copper, tin and manganese. For an added measure of security, 14k white gold jewelry is typically coated in a protective plating of rhodium. Rhodium is a shining white metal coating that’s very similar in appearance to platinum. It adds an extra lustrous shine to the jewelry and makes it more scratch resistant. The pricing of gold is determined by the purity. Therefore, 14k white gold is a less expensive alternative than 18k white gold and is chosen more commonly for jewelry purchases. If you would like to maximize on other elements like larger gems or more design elements, you can opt for 14k gold.
14kt white gold is a versatile metal and is a great choice when paired with any precious or semi-precious gemstone.
14k gold is a durable metal that can be worn daily. It will not rust or corrode and if crafted well should not break. However, over time, gold can become dull or dirty. Regular cleaning can ensure that the gold retains it’s original shine and luster. To clean your 14k gold jewelry at home, use a mixture of warm water and a non-abrasive, gentle soap. Gently clean the surface of the gold with a soft-bristled brush to reach corner and hard-to reach spaces. Be sure to reach inside and underneath prongs to remove dirt and grease that can accumulate there. Once cleaned, rinse the jewelry and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Feel free to wear your gold jewelry on a regular basis. However, be sure to take of rings when doing anything that involves cleaning, heavy labor, gardening or anything involving chemicals or abrasive materials. Also be sure to remove jewelry when swimming or playing sports and exercising. We also recommend removing rings when applying lotions, wax, bleach or harsh soaps to your hands. These chemicals can damage the surface of the gold. Although jewelry is crafted to be durable, it can become damaged if worn without care.
When not wearing jewelry, be sure to place your jewelry in a safe place. Store each piece of jewelry separately in a cloth or plastic bag. This will prevent the jewelry from rubbing against one another and getting scratched.
To ensure that jewelry preserves its beauty for a lifetime, Four Mine offers a lifetime warranty. Be sure to have your jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected by Four Mine periodically to ensure it retains it’s beauty forever.
18kt White Gold
18kt white gold is 75% pure gold and 25% alloy metals. It is a great combination of gold purity and strength and is a preferred choice especially for rings. Because 18kt white gold is more pure, it is more expensive than 14kt white gold. While quite similar to 14kt white gold in terms of durability, 18kt white gold can be slightly heavier and more sturdy. This means it is a good choice for an engagement ring or jewelry worn very regularly. 18kt white gold jewelry is also rhodium plated to ensure durability and add a glowing shine similar to that of platinum.
The gleaming silvery shine of this metal is a perfect match for any precious gemstone or diamond. It complements and balances out vivid gemstone colors like green, red and blue. It is also a good match to sparkling diamonds as it brings out the innate fire of a diamond.
14kt Yellow Gold
14kt gold is a classic and traditional choice. It pairs well with all types of gemstones and diamonds. It looks exceptional with ruby and emerald gemstones in particular. Additionally, if purchasing a lower colored diamond, setting it in yellow gold may help to mask some of the yellow tinge of the diamond, causing it to appear more white. 14kt yellow gold is comprised of 58.3% gold and combined with copper and silver. Yellow gold has a radiating warmth that looks beautiful against all skin tones. It is also a traditional choice for wedding bands. 14kt yellow gold is slightly less yellow in tone than 18kt yellow gold.
18kt Yellow Gold
18kt yellow gold is comprised of 75% gold and 25% copper and silver. This higher purity grade means that 18kt yellow gold is more expensive than 14kt yellow gold. With a composition that is more gold, 18kt gold tends to be slightly more malleable than 14kt yellow gold but it is less likely to tarnish. It is difficult to tell the difference in appearance between 14k and 18k yellow gold, they are quite similar in hue. If you prefer jewelry that has a higher composition of gold, you may prefer 18kt yellow gold.
14kt Rose Gold
14kt rose gold is another popular metal that is often chosen for it’s striking pink hue. It is often considered to be a romantic choice, used commonly for engagement rings and wedding bands. Typically 14kt rose gold is made of a mixture of 58.5% gold, 41.7% copper and other metals. For those that prefer more of a pink champagne color 14kt rose gold is the optimal choice. This metal pairs well will all types of gemstones and diamonds. It looks best with fancy shaped diamonds due to its romantic appeal and deeper colored gemstones like ruby and emerald. Rose gold does not require rhodium plating, but over time if it does get dull it can be repolished to it’s original luster.
18kt Rose Gold
18kt rose gold is 75% pure gold and 25% other metals. It offers durability and value and also long-lasting shine. Because it has more gold within it, 18kt rose gold is less pink than 14kt rose gold. Because 18kt rose gold has more gold within the alloy, it is more expensive than 14kt rose gold. Rose gold is a versatile metal that blends well with contemporary designs and vintage styles. For those that want more purity, 18kt rose gold offers more purity in the gold.