24 karat is pure gold, which is naturally bright yellow in colour. However, because it is often too soft for use in everyday jewellery, most pieces are alloyed (mixed with other metals) to make it more durable. 18k gold has a 75% purity, while 14k is at 58.5% and 9k at 37.5%.
At Penchant Design, we use solid gold in yellow, white and rose colours. While yellow and rose gold don’t have to be plated, white gold is usually plated with Rhodium, which can wear off over time. We therefore recommend having the plating redone once a year (or whenever it’s starting to wear).
Whether yellow, white or rose gold, here’s how to make sure it never looks old!
WEAR: Gold is a fairly soft metal, which can scratch, dent and damage easily. You should therefore avoid wearing gold jewellery when doing outdoor activities and exercise.
WASH: If your gold jewellery looks like it’s losing its shine, simply soak it in some warm, soapy water and then carefully wipe it down with a soft cloth