Q: IF YOU USE SCRAP GOLD
FOR A PIECE YOU MAKE, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF NEW GOLD DO YOU NEED TO ADD FOR
A: This question is one that has many variables. One
factor is the kind of scrap gold, and the condition it is in. If your
scrap gold is a chain, there is a lot of solder already in the piece. A
die-struck ring is a very clean piece of scrap gold. Another major factor
is what we are making with the gold. As a general rule of thumb, however,
50% new gold should be added to the old.
Q: HOW FLEXIBLE ARE GOLD
A: I'm the wrong person to answer this question.
Gold had been floating around $1350 to $1425 per ounce for a long time.
I sold a lot at $390 and $450 ten years ago. :>(
In the first days of the first Gulf War, gold shot up
to about $800.00, and returned to $350.00 within the week.
Last year (2012), gold neared $1800 per ounce, but has fallen quite a bit since then.
Q: WHAT KARAT GOLD IS
A: Gold is gold and it is as hard as it is.
Studies have shown that all things being equal, the gold content of a 10 karat
to 18 karat alloy does not seem to affect its durability. Alloying gold with copper and silver in varying amounts, it is possible
to make an 18 Karat alloy as hard as a 10 Karat alloy.
Q: IS 24 KARAT GOLD TOO
SOFT TO LAST LONG?
A: 24 karat is pure
gold, with no alloying metals, and as such, is very soft and
Q: EXPLAIN GOLD FILLED, GOLD PLATED,
14K, 18K, 24K, ETC, IN GOLD JEWELRY, WITH ADVANTAGES AND
A: Gold filled is a base metal that has been
mechanically bonded to a heavy layer of gold. By law, 1/20 of the weight
of the piece must be the karat gold listed.
Gold can either be
electrolytically plated, or dipped in gold. This process leaves an
extremely thin layer, and uses only trace amounts of gold.
karat means 14 parts out of 24 are pure gold, the other 10 parts are the
alloying metals. 18 karat means 18 of 24 parts are pure gold, and 24 karat
is pure gold. Gold alloys can use a variety of metals, the most common
being silver and copper (plus zinc for 10 karat), with the addition of
nickel (and more recently palladium) for making "white" gold alloys.
The differences become significant in the resistance to stress and
White gold alloys made with nickel are not "true" alloys,
since the nickel doesn't mix with the other metals, but only coats the
boundaries of the microscopic grains which make up the metal. This nickel
is very sensitive to chlorine, which is in salt water, bleaches, swimming
pools, etc., and can cause the metal to become brittle. This is especially
dangerous for prong set ring stones, because the prongs can appear strong,
but are brittle and easily broken--with the subsequent loss of the
The 10 karat alloy is very susceptible to corrosive
influences, since it is less than 50% gold. It tends to react with body
acids in some people. It is for this reason that earring posts are
commonly made in 14 karat. When the gold percentage reaches and exceeds
50%, the reactivity of the metal is reduced and becomes more stable.
Rarely do we hear of someone that has an adverse reaction to 18
Q: I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT
BLUE UNDERTONES LOOK BEST ON ME, BUT MY WEDDING RING AND OTHER FINE
JEWELRY ARE YELLOW GOLD. SHOULD I CHANGE ALL MY JEWELRY TO WHITE
A: It's not necessary to change your fine jewelry. Many
people mix white and yellow gold. When purchasing a large piece of costume
jewelry, you may want to stay within the same undertone as your
Q: WHERE DO WE GET MOST
OF OUR GOLD?
A: Gold is almost everywhere around us- in the
earth's crust, seas, rivers and plants - but is very difficult to extract.
It takes almost three tons of ore to produce an ounce of gold. The leading
producers today are Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, the former
Soviet States and the United States.
Q: WHY DO PRICES VARY SO
MUCH FOR SOMETHING SIMPLE LIKE A PLAIN GOLD WEDDING BAND?
Many factors are involved in pricing. Different stores have different
mark-ups, often reflected by differing overhead. More importantly though,
be sure to compare that the item is EXACTLY the same. This can be very
hard to do, so here is an example. A plain wedding ring, bright polished.
Compare these factors: Width, karat gold and weight (light weight, regular
or a very heavy "comfort fit").
Q: IS WHITE GOLD HARDER
TO WORK WITH AND MORE EXPENSIVE?
A: White gold and yellow gold
have the same amount of pure gold. In 14 karat, 14 of 24 parts is pure
gold, The difference is the other 10 parts, or the Alloy used. Silver,
copper, and palladium or nickel may be used for alloys. The alloys will
affect the color, and can make white gold "Harder", thus harder to work
with when setting stones. The price for 14 karat white and 14 karat yellow
gold is generally close to the same (depending on the manufacturer) for
nickel alloys, but somewhat higher for palladium