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Gold Jewellery

Gold has long been thought of as the ancient metal of the gods. Gold, symbol Au (from the Latin ‘aurum’), is a soft, lustrous yellow, malleable metal. For millennia, these properties have allowed craftsmen to create extremely intricate and elaborate designs using this precious metal.  Since the beginning of time, mankind has been obsessed with the lustre of this valued metal and many still remain mesmerized by its yellow beauty.

Gold has been associated with objects of worship as well as being the material of choice of people across the globe for their expressions of love for one another.

At Dulondon.com, our designer made jewellery is timeless and our gold as rare and desirable as ever… indulge your loved one with a gift of luxurious, lustrous, sensual Gold! 

Your next step is to decide which colour gold jewellery you want to select…
Although pure gold is yellow, it can be made into a variety of colours. Due to its softness, various other metals like Silver, Copper and Bronze  are added  in small quantities to make it stronger and to produce 18karat gold. An alloy of the same three elements in which copper predominates is called "red/pink or rose gold." An alloy of gold and  palladium is called "white gold." White gold is often made by mixing metals such as silver, palladium and zinc with pure gold to create a very pale yellow gold alloy.  Most white gold items are enhanced with rhodium plating, giving a highly reflective white surface. Over time, this surface may experience some loss of brightness, especially items such as rings that receive more wear and tear. If you prefer the highly reflective rhodium finish, it is advisable to have your white gold jewellery intermittently rhodium plated.
White and rose coloured gold are becoming increasingly popular today and a combination of yellow, white or rose coloured gold makes for a very versatile and contemporary look.

The Karat System
 
The purity of alloyed gold is expressed by the karat system, where the percent of gold by weight is given as a fraction of 24.  For example, 24 karat gold is pure gold, while 18karat gold is 18 parts gold and  6  parts other metal.   The Karat ratio is an important factor in buying gold jewellery as it indicates how pure the metal is.
Be sure not to confuse the Karat system with Carat, which refers to the weight of diamonds and other gemstones!
To Hallmark or not to Hallmark…that is the question?

When you're buying gold jewellery, make sure it has a hallmark. This is a quality control mark placed on gold, silver and platinum and provides a safeguard to purchasers. British hallmarking was introduced over 600 years ago and was probably the first example of consumer protection law.  The hallmark on an article shows that it has been tested (assayed) by an independent body (the Assay Office) and guarantees that the metal meets the legal standards of fineness and purity. A hallmark also allows your jeweller to quickly identify what carat your jewellery is if you have to take it for repair or alterations. It is illegal for most articles of precious metal above a certain minimum weight to be described, or sold, as gold, silver or platinum, unless they carry an approved hallmark.



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