Gold Jewellery: The Facts

Gold is a precious metal that makes terrifically stylish jewellery.  Whilst silver jewellery is very popular, especially with younger people, few people would turn their nose up at a gift of gold jewellery.  Gold is more expensive than silver, and so fewer people can afford to buy it, but this only makes it more special to give and to receive.

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Gold bracelets are particularly popular, with styles ranging from delicate cable chains, to bangles, to bracelet watches and even woven into friendship bracelets (Links of London has a really beautiful woven bracelet crowned with a single gold-plated bead, for instance).  Gold bracelets are widely available in jewellery shops, where the staff can give advice on what style might be most appropriate for you (if you are spoiling yourself) or for the person you intend to give it to. 

But what exactly should you look for in a gold bracelet?  It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research before you go shopping for a significant piece of jewellery: gold is an investment, and it is something you would probably want to be worn often.  If you are buying a gold bracelet as a gift, you will need to give some thought as to the sort of accessories that the recipient normally wears (do they prefer chunky or delicate jewellery, for instance?).  Think about where you imagine the recipient would wish to wear the gold bracelet: will it be an everyday item to be worn to work, or something just to be worn on special occasions?

But aside from the style of the piece, you should think about gold bracelets in general and what you should look for when choosing one.

An initial consideration would be what karat (‘K’) you intend to buy.  Generally, the higher the karat, the more pure the gold (with fewer other metals added).  The greater the purity, the higher the cost will be.  Gold bracelets are usually available starting at 9K and increasing to 24K (generally referred to as ‘pure gold’).  However, very high karat gold can be quite soft and malleable – not ideal for a bracelet, which is prone to being bent or knocked by virtue of being worn around the wrist.  Earrings and necklaces are perfectly suited to 24K gold, but gold bracelets should really be a maximum 18K.  Gold that is rated as 18K is made up of 18 parts gold to 6 parts other metal (making 24 ‘parts’), so is three-quarters pure gold (12K gold is half pure gold).

Your gold bracelet will come with markings that may be too tiny to see without a jeweller’s magnifying glass (if buying from gold from jewellery shops you could always ask to borrow their eye piece to see the markings for yourself).  These denote the purity of the gold, the hallmark of the maker and the country where the bracelet was forged. 

Some people cannot wear gold of less than 18K because of sensitivity to the other metals contained in the piece of jewellery, which could include nickel, copper or silver.  Buying a purer gold or buying gold-plated jewellery can help but will make the piece more or less expensive respectively.  If you want to buy a really good piece of jewellery that will last a lifetime, opt for an 18K bracelet – it is sure to be well received.

This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).

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