The 123’s of Gold in Open Heart Jewelry
Gold was a form of currency before the American Dollar, the Indian Rupee, or the British Pound was even thought of. In fact, gold has been valued as a form of currency almost since the first piece of gold ore was found in the dirt many years ago. In some parts of the world today it is still used to denote power and wealth. Rare and very heavy, it has been used throughout the ages as a status symbol for the rich, kings, and merchants alike. Welcome to our little tour into the world of gold. We hope you enjoy it.
Denoting itself as one of the worlds most valuable and precious metals, gold sets itself apart from the rest of the precious metals. It is so malleable and soft that just one mere ounce of it will produce a wire that can stretch 5 miles in length. If you would prefer to pound it rather than stretch it, you could create a sheet that will cover 100 square feet. Because it cannot corrode or rust it will last almost indefinitely.
It can be found almost everywhere around us. It is in our rivers and seas, in the crust of the earth, and in our plants as well.
Unfortunately, it is expensive and difficult to extract…which is why it is so pricey. It takes about 2.5 to 3 tons of gold ore to produce one single ounce of pure gold.
Gold is the most popular metal in today’s jewelry. This is pretty much a given. It is used in fine jewelry, heart jewelry, good jewelry, cool jewelry, you name it. Most of the gold goes into one “shape” though. Do you happen to know what it is? It’s the simple wedding band. Since gold is so soft and malleable, it is not used by itself though. It is often combined with other metals to give it strength and durability. When two or more metals are combined they form what is known as an alloy. Most of the gold that we use in our jewelry production today is in the form of an alloy.
So, what are these various types of jewelry you ask?
(1) Gold jewelry,
(2) Rose gold jewelry,
(3) Wholesale gold jewelry,
(4) White gold jewelry,
(5) Gold plated jewelry,
(6) Gold body jewelry,
(7) 18k gold jewelry,
(8) Gold charm jewelry,
(9) 24k gold jewelry,
(10) 14k gold jewelry,
(11) Gold horse jewelry,
(12) 22k gold jewelry,
(13) Indian gold jewelry,
(14) Plus other beautiful gold jewelry items.
You have probably heard of the word karat before, but do you know what it means? The word itself is derived from the word for the fruit of the carob tree. For example, the Arabic word girat, the Italian word carato, and the Greek word keration. The seeds of the carob tree were used in the measurement of the size of precious gems in the ancient world. There was a pure gold Byzantine coin called the solidus. It weighed in at 24 karats, so the 24 karat mark (i.e.: 24K or 24KT) became the mark used to indicate that the item being looked at was make of pure gold.