16th Feb 2019

There is no material so precious and imbued with power and meaning than gold.  

It is beautiful, valuable, and easily recycled, meaning all those treasured old bits and pieces from Nanna can be brought in and re-imagined into something perfect for you.

Our customers are often curious about the different colours and carat purities of gold.  We have a fantastic glossary on our website that goes into more detail but here are a few basics:

Generally, your pure 24 carat gold is alloyed or mixed with other metals to make it easier to work with, harder wearing or to create a desired colour.  

In Australia the most common carat weights are 9ct and 18ct.  

9 carat is 37.5% pure gold while 18 carat is 75% pure gold with the remaining percentages made up of other metals.

Yellow gold generally contains copper and fine silver.  Rose gold contains more copper than silver to impart a rosy blush while a white gold alloy will contain only white metals such as fine silver, platinum or palladium.

Alloys with a higher content of pure gold are very pretty to look at but much too soft for daily wear.  

18 carat is the most popular choice as the higher pure gold content gives it a richer colour, it’s also super lovely to work with for the jeweller.  

9 carat is very strong and super hard wearing which makes it a good choice for someone who might be a little rough on their jewels or works with their hands.

We have examples of all these options in store and are more than happy to answer any questions.

Xx Arbor

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