When gold fascinates everyone – be it men or women, the colors in which it comes is even more entrancing. We all know that gold is mixed with other metals like copper and silver to be made into jewellery that we adore. Pure 24k gold is never strong. This mixing makes the jewels strong and durable. But you must have come across white gold or rose gold jewellery too in recent days becoming popular. If you are ever wondering what are the various colors of gold jewellery available? Here goes the answer – yellow, white, rose, green, black, blue, purple and even grey is there to fascinate you.
But the first three are usable forms of gold jewellery and the usage of the rest is not advisable as they may harm you when worn for quite some time. Here you get the idea of the various compositions of colored gold jewellery. Make it yours if you feel it captivates you!
“Bling with your color of gold choice because gold jewellery is after all yours completely”
It’s a popular and a well know color for your momentous pieces of jewellery and the most trusted color too when it comes to jewellery purchases. Shining as bright as a sun, yellow gold in 18k, 22k and 24k glitters in front of your eyes when made into jewels. The specialty of yellow gold is that it is durable and most trustworthy jewellery that people buy for weddings, birthdays, give as gifts on special occasions etc. The composition or mixture of various metals in these different karats of gold goes like
14K – 58.3% fine gold + 41.7% other metals like copper, zinc, silver and nickel
18K – 75% fine gold + 12.5% copper + 12.5% silver
22K – 91.67% fine gold + 5% silver + 2% copper + 1.3% zinc
24K – 100% fine gold and not suitable for jewellery purposes
White & Grey Gold
The covering of rhodium on the gold gives the white color. The final hue is almost only light grey. When metals such as palladium and cadmium are added you can obtain a tinted white gold in the mass but cadmium is highly toxic and dangerous for health so, not used. Even white gold has various compositions or mixtures as follows:
14K – (583/1000) 58.3% fine gold + 17% Silver + 17% Copper + 7.7% Zinc
18K – (750/1000) 75% fine gold + 18.5% Silver + 1% Copper
20K – (833/1000) 83.3% fine gold + 16.7% Palladium
Grey Gold 18K has (750/1000) 75% fine gold + 17% iron + 8% copper
Did you know that rose gold is also called as Russian gold or pink gold or blush gold? It was called Russian gold as it was very popular with the Russians at the beginning of 20th century. It’s nothing but the difference in addition of the amount of copper which gives it the red to pink gold colors. It looks very beautiful on the brides with their pretty wedding dresses. The composition goes like
18K – (750/1000) 75% fine gold + 22.25% Copper + 2.75% Silver
14K – (583/1000) 58.3% fine gold + 24.5% Copper + 17.2% Silver
Even if it is a new color of gold you are hearing of, the method of making is simple – when you add silver to actual gold leaving copper those light green reflections are attained. Sometimes even cadmium is mixed to obtain the dark green color which is quite not advisable. The composition of green gold is
75% fine gold + 25% Silver gives light green gold color
75% fine gold + 15% Silver + 6% Copper + 4% Cadmium gives dark green gold color – which is not exotic as it is harmful and toxic
Exotic Colors Of Gold Or Not Much In Use Colors Of Gold
Black gold can be formed by mixing gold with an alloy named cobalt or by surface treating or plating grey gold with black finish. Gold jewellery is plated with black finish usually with black rhodium or ruthenium. Color wears off and re-plating is required when you need to use it in long term. It is mostly preferred for men’s wedding bands. The composition or mixture is
18K – (750/1000) 75% grey gold + 25% black rhodium surface treatment
When iron is added to gold and oxidized, a superficial blue color is obtained. This color gold is not much in use. The composition is
18K – 75% gold + 24.4% iron + 0.6% nickel
It is also called as amethyst gold or violet gold invented by Professor. Loh in the year 2000 which has a unique composition of gold and aluminium. As this purple gold is more porous and brittle it is not suitable for jewellery making but still a few pieces were created and kept for rare use purposes.
19K – (800/1000) 79% gold + 21% aluminium
When looking and wearing same kinds of accessories are boring we need something interesting right? As it is always said life is too short to not only wear boring clothes but to wear boring accessories too, isn’t it? If you feel the answer is yes to these two questions go ahead to choose your favourite gold jewellery in your favourite color and be the prince or princess of your life’s choices and happily enjoy wearing them.