When you are shopping for jewelry, you can’t go wrong with gold jewelry. It’s luxurious, it’s timeless, it’s wearer-friendly, and it’s beautiful. Whether you want a solid gold ring or a vermeil style necklace, gold jewelry never goes out of style.
Shopping for gold jewelry is a real experience. With so many different styles to choose from, it can be difficult to know what is best. That’s why you need help from our master jewelers at Michael and Son’s Jewelers in Reno NV. Knowledgeable in all things gold, the staff here can explain the intricacies of gold jewelry to help you choose the perfect piece for yourself or someone you love.
Not All Gold Jewelry is Alike
Not every piece of gold jewelry is equal. First, you must consider the carat, this tells you how much actual gold is in the piece. For instance, 24 carat gold is 100% gold, while 18 ct. gold only has 75% gold and 25% some other metal. This can be an important distinction since the amount of gold can alter its value as well as its wear ability. Remember, gold on its own is quite soft, so it doesn’t hold up well for daily wear. But, if you mix it with a stronger metal it will last for a long time without showing the markings of normal wear and tear.
Types of Gold Jewelry
When shopping for gold jewelry, it is important to understand the different types available:
- Solid Gold: this is jewelry with at least 10 carats of gold.
- Vermeil: this is jewelry made by coating sterling silver with gold.
- Gold Filled: jewelry composed of a layer of gold (at least 1/20th of the weight of the total piece), with another metal.
- Gold Plated: gold plated jewelry is made by bonding a very thin layer of 18 carat gold to another metal.
Looking for a beautiful piece of gold jewelry to mark a special occasion? Stop in to see what our jewelry store in Reno NV has to offer and let our staff guide you in finding the perfect piece.