Gold jewellery goes back centuries and continuously plays a prominent role in our daily lives. The yellow metal holds true value as it is the most precious metal. Gold has become a part of every human culture. If there is one thing in the world that signifies luxury, its gold and symbolizes wealth. The yellow metal can be moulded into coins, crowns and jewellery. What is the history of gold jewellery and why is it so precious?
Where Does Gold Come From?
Gold is a chemical element easily recognized by its yellow metallic color. Gold comes in its natural form that can be found deep in the earth.
In Canada, the industry standard ranges from 10K to 18K. The more the alloys are mixed with gold, the less pure gold there is. When other metals are added, the strength is increased. Higher karat numbers indicate that there is more gold. 24K is the highest karat you can get, which would be considered pure gold. However, 24K is not used for jewellery, as it is not durable. Below is a list of the most common karats in Canada:
- Least amount of gold purity
- 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals
- Commonly used in jewellery
- Good for all skin types
- Pale color compared to other karats
- Most popular for a lot of jewellery
- Purer than 10K
- 14 parts gold to 10 parts alloy
- Brilliant color that will not scratch or tarnish easily
- Highest content of pure gold
- Can scratch or bend alot more easily than 10K & 14K
- Bright yellow due to higher content of gold
- 18 parts gold with only 6 parts alloy in it
House of Jewellery carries a variety of 10K and 14K jewellery. Browse through our 10K & 14K solid gold collection here!