In fact and in fiction, adventurers and treasure hunters have been obsessed and travelled the world looking for precious metals of great value. Fantastic tales of cities made from gold and battles that have raged for years have been passed down from generation to generation. Its true worth can be assessed by the many differing guises it has been used in. When melted down and moulded, it can be shaped into many different forms and has been used as currency or money, either in coin form, like doubloons, or as ingots or gold bars. Always associated with wealth, it makes up lots of different styles of jewellery and has, and will continue a status of symbol. From necklaces to earrings, engagement rings and wedding bands, its vibrant colour and longevity will continue to see Gold as a mainstay in the fashion industry.

It is classified in karats (k), which is not to be confused with the classification of weight for Diamonds, carats. In its purest form it scores 24k, although modern wedding rings, engagement bands, earring and necklaces are offered in 22k, 18k, 14k and 9k. The lower the karat the more silver or copper has been used for the alloy lessening the value, strength and purity of the alloy.

Gold engagement and wedding rings

As a symbol of love, belonging, and in ancient times ownership of a woman by a man, rings have been presented as a gift. Gold wedding rings became popular and within average peoples grasp in late Victorian times, and have been the fastest selling and most popular choice since. The Internet has now made it even easier to find affordable gold engagement rings, and importing from foreign countries in as popular today as going to the jeweller in the high street. There are different names given to different coloured or textured finishes for gold. These include, but are not exclusive to white gold, rose gold and red gold. Rose and red gold are sometimes referred to as Claddagh gold and tends to hail from Wales and Ireland and have a Celtic design.

White gold engagement and wedding rings.

Developed in mid 1920’s, white gold wedding or engagement bands, the dominant alloy is usually a white metal such as silver or palladium. Designed as a cheaper alternative to the expensive bought and highly sought after platinum, today, it is a very popular choice of wedding band with the younger generation. However, because of the lesser purity, more frequent visits to the jeweller or goldsmith are needed to keep this precious metal in tip top condition. More information about the upkeep of white gold can be found on our care page, but essentially, it needs to be dipped every eighteen to twenty four months. With the emergence of the bling and chav culture, it is more common for normal people to opt for this variation. It is also common to have a diamond inset into the gold.

Nickel in white gold

There was a time when white gold was achieved by adding nickel. Due to allergic reactions and skin irritations it is today common to replace nickel by other white metals. Nickel in white gold is said not to be as dangerous for our health as the sort of nickel that was/is added is ‘bound nickel’.

For how to care for your gold wedding rings or engagement bands, see our care section.

Red or rose gold wedding rings

Primarily found through Irish or Welsh goldsmiths, this takes it tint from being bonded with copper. The more copper added in the smelting process, the redder the colour of jewellery. This also lessens the value of the alloy. There are ample sites on the Internet that specialise in Claddagh designs, which are usually a Celtic design or Irish or Welsh decent. The sheer amount of copper found in these countries means that this is usually the source for red or rose gold.