Gold

Gold has been an important precious metal since as early as 560BC and has been used throughout history as jewellery for religious ceremonies such as weddings, to declare status or purely for decoration. It is a popular and versatile choice because it is both ductile and malleable, meaning it can easily be crafted into different shapes. Most gold jewellery is mixed with other alloy metals such as silver, copper, nickel and zinc to strengthen its durability.

Gold is measured in carats and divided into 24 parts. Pure gold (Au) is measured as 24ct gold. 18 ct gold is 18/24 parts by mass or 75 per cent gold making it ideal for everyday use. It is also the preferred choice for ladies' engagement rings. 9ct gold is 9/24 parts gold by mass or 37.5 per cent gold and this enables it to be more affordable gold choice.

9ct and 18ct gold jewellery particularly in yellow, white and rose gold are the most popular gold choices. As with all precious metals,gold jewellery will carry a hallmark declaring its quality and authenticity.

Yellow gold 9ct, 14ct, 18ct

This is gold's most traditional hue and provides a versatile base for a variety of jewellery designs and array of gemstones. Gold is always a naturally beautiful yellow colour. However, because of the different carats available there are subtle colour variations. 9ct, 14ct and 18ct are still yellow but the final colour can be influenced by varying the mixture of other metals being added. Yellow gold is the ideal precious metal for traditional engagement rings, wedding rings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

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White gold 9ct, 14ct, 18ct

White Gold has been fashionable since the early 1920s and has since become one of the most sought after gold colours used in the UK. To create white gold, yellow gold is mixed with copper, zinc, nickel or palladium, giving it a bright clean look, which is often favoured for use in bracelets, necklaces, rings and pendants. If you're thinking of buying vintage inspired jewellery, white gold is perhaps the perfect metal to complement sparkling gemstones, especially diamonds.

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Rose gold 9ct, 14ct, 18ct

With the help of rising fashion trends in watches and jewellery, rose gold is fast becoming a popular precious metal for watches, earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Because of its warm pink shades, this alternative to white or yellow gold is becoming a contemporary metal of choice for engagement rings. It is created by combining yellow gold with a copper alloy and has the same properties as yellow gold.

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Two-colour gold

Gold comes in three main colours, yellow, white and rose. You are likely to come across jewellery at Ernest Jones that may feature two of these colours which will be referred to as two-colour gold. Ideal for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and rings, two-colour gold can be used to symbolise the love between two people and so it is perfect for wedding jewellery and rings. It is also a good option for eternity and anniversary rings.

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Three-colour gold

Three-colour gold jewellery is the combination of yellow, white and rose gold in one piece of jewellery. This combination of three colours offers eye catching design possibilities and allows you to accessorise with confidence. A jewellery classic that uses three-colour gold is the Russian wedding ring. In its simplest form it combines yellow, rose and white gold to symbolise your past, present and future together.

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