Golden accessories of the past
Gold was discovered as nuggets in rivers back in the days, and the shiny appearance attracts the eyes of royalties and prosperous. The soft metal is often molded and sculpted into decorative accessories and gifted as a symbol of affluent and high-class. These glowing artifacts are well preserved through time, as pure gold does not corrode or rust.
Gold in the modern days
The rare metal is often used as currency, before paper money was invented. Gold coins and gold bars are used to trade internationally among merchants as they have a universal high-value in many countries.
With modern technologies, gold metals are often mixed with other alloys like copper, zinc, platinum, nickel, iron for a specific shade. Most people intergrade golden accessories into their style, looking for a colour that appeals to their skin tone.
Gold in karats
The karat system describes gold in 24 parts. 18k means it is 18 parts of pure gold mixed with 6 parts of alloy metal. Since gold is a soft and malleable metal. Including alloy provides a better balance between durability and the elegant appearance.
18k gold is the second highest purity level, with 75% of pure gold. High purity conserves the warm and vibrant shade of golden for the metal, which makes 18k gold popular in Europe and Asia. For those who have skin allergies to certain metals, 18k gold will have less chance to trigger contact dermatitis with higher percentage of pure gold. On the other hand, with 58.3% of pure gold and the rest being alloy, 14k usually cost less than the same ring made of 18k.
Different ways to treat gold
Some other golden-shade jewelry could be made by electroplating gold onto other metal. Under this name, the core of the gold-plated item can be made with different metals, for example brass, copper, or lower-end metal. Vermeil, or known “silver gilt” is a specific kind of gold-plating: the core is always made with silver plated, and the gold on top needs to be thicker than 2.5 microns, and have purity of 10k or higher.
Nature’s gift - diamond
Other than gold, diamonds are often used in premium jewellery as well. The glistening elements are naturally found through mining, as they form at least 150 kilometers deep into the earth’s mantle, resulting from extreme heat and high pressure. The rocks is refined and cut into desired shapes and to reflect the most light. Man made diamonds can also be produced in laboratory, using chemicals or by creating a similar environment artificially. This is commonly used to produce tinted diamonds that are rare to find in the wild.
For our necklaces, responsibly sourced natural diamonds of fitting sizes are carefully selected by our craftsmen and mindfully set onto the place they belong, to add some extra bling for you.
Tordney’s gold and diamond jewellery
Alphabet necklace is Tordney's first jewellery collection, available in yellow and white gold. With 26 sparkly alphabets, you can pick an initial for yourself or loved ones to commemorate an important day in life; stack a favourite word that gives you strength; or simply pick one that fits your mood.
See jewellery collection here