Last updated: 18/08/2015 13:38:25
A common misconception is that rose gold is more valuable than yellow or white gold.
The colour of gold is altered by the other metals it’s alloyed with. The amount of gold contained in a piece of rose gold is exactly the same for a comparative piece of yellow or white gold of the same purity.
The colour of gold is altered according to the ratio of copper, zinc and silver added.
This pyramid illustrates how the colour of gold is altered. Gold jewellery is typically made from an alloy (mix) of the following metals:
As already stated, the amount of gold used is fixed according to the purity (or carat) of the gold. Therefore, it’s the mix of the other metals that changes the colour. With rose gold, more copper is added & less zinc and/or silver is used. With white gold, less copper is used and more zinc and/or silver is added.
It’s worth noting that white gold isn’t truly white, it’s still a very pale yellow. The perfect silver/white appearance of white gold is achieved by giving the item a plating of rhodium. So, bear in mind that over time that rhodium plating will wear away and reveal the true colour underneath, at which point you’ll need to get it re-plated to restore it to its original colour. If this is likely to be an issue, it’s probably better to consider having the item made of platinum or palladium instead.
Like 9ct yellow gold, 9ct rose gold contains 37.5% gold. A typical piece of 9ct rose gold will be made from the following alloy of metals:
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14ct rose gold is 58.5% gold.
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Please be aware that 14ct gold is very popular in countries such as Greece. However, whereas jewellery purchased in the UK is subject to very strict hallmarking legislation that guarantees the purity of the item, such rules do not exist in Greece. Through our own experience, it appears to be common practice for a piece of Greek jewellery that’s stamped as 14ct gold only to contain between 50 – 55% gold.
Just as 18ct yellow and white gold contains 75% gold, so does 18ct rose gold. The remaining 25% of the alloy is mostly copper with a very small amount of silver and/or zinc.
14ct gold rings
You probably already know that the carat (ct) is the unit used to denote the purity of gold alloys. The higher the number, the more pure the gold, i.e. the ‘gold’ alloy has more gold content and fewer other metals. In the USA, it’s spelt ‘karat’ (kt).
The formula used by the gold industry measures carat purity as 24 x the purity by mass. This means that 24ct gold should be 100% pure or fine gold (in fact, for complex technical reasons it’s 99.9% fine gold by mass). So 14ct gold is 14 parts gold, 10 parts other metal. In percentage terms, that’s 58.5% fine gold.
Gold is combined with other metals to alter the colour and the hardness of the finished product. You’re most likely thinking of selling your scrap gold jewellery, so let’s focus on that.
14ct gold is sometimes used for men’s rings, as the higher carats such as 22ct and 24ct, while more valuable, are considered too soft and less able to withstand prolonged wear. There’s actually a measurement for metal hardness called the Vickers scale, and 14ct gold is in the 100 – 165 HV scale, depending on the other metals used.
14ct gold is a popular purity in countries such as Greece and Italy. Customers should be aware that there is no official guarantee or hallmarking standard in these countries. In our experience, items marked as 14 carat (14k) from Greece are often of slightly lesser purity – around the 55% purity mark.
So, now you know what your 14ct gold is made of, what’s it worth? Gold-Traders is currently paying £. (Check our current scrap gold prices here).
If you weigh your scrap 14ct gold, you can then use our online calculator on the right of the page, to get an accurate quote. Look at our page about how to weigh your scrap gold, but don’t worry if your own scales aren’t that accurate – we will use our calibrated and Trading Standards approved scales to determine the exact weight and make sure you get an exceptionally good price.
In commemoration of the London 2012 Olympics, the Royal Mint have unveiled the UK’s first ever 1-kilo gold and silver coins.
At an eye-watering £100,000.00, the kilo gold coin is priced at around 3 times its intrinsic gold value. The silver version is priced at £3,000.00, nearly 4 times its silver value.
Designed by Sir Anthony Caro, the gold coin has an issue limit of 60. The silver version is limited to 2,012 pieces and has been designed by Tom Phillips.
One could argue that the uniqueness and collectability of these coins justify the high price tag, however anyone purchasing for investment purposes should take note that the world’s largest gold coin, a 1 Million Dollar Canadian Maple Leaf sold for just it’s scrap value back in June 2010.
Interestingly, The Royal Mint produced a 1 kilo gold coin in 2011 to commemorate the Royal Wedding. Minted for the island of Alderney, this coins had a bargain-basement price of just £40,000.00!
Link: Royal Mint reveal 1 kilo coins
An 18ct rose gold fob chain
18ct gold is an alloy (a mix) of gold and other metals, typically copper, silver and / or zinc. For an item of jewellery to be hallmarked 18ct gold, it must contain a minimum of 75% gold.
The colour of 18ct gold depends on the mix of the other metal added. For example, 18ct yellow gold can consist of 75% gold, 13% silver and 12% copper. 18ct white gold will contain more silver or zinc and less copper, whereas rose gold will contain more copper and less silver. As the value of scrap gold is based on the gold content, 18ct yellow gold is worth the same amount as white or rose gold.
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