Gold is one of the most versatile metals, and that’s why it’s used to make jewelry or other valuable items. Gold by itself is not used because it’s very soft and malleable, and that’s why it’s mixed with other metals, in order to make it more durable. Gold has many practical uses in dentistry, electric wiring or in electronics, and that’s why this metals is and probably always will be high in demand.
Depending on the mixtures used, gold comes in different forms on the market, especially in jewelry. However, gold is commonly known as yellow gold, white gold and rose gold, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other types of gold.
Yellow gold is the most common type of gold, used in jewelry by itself, or in combination with other types of gold. Yellow is the actual color of pure gold. Other metals mixed with yellow gold are copper and silver, but zinc and nickel are also used. Gold and silver being both precious metals, items made out of these two are more valuable than gold and copper alloys, that’s why the gold purity is always measured to set the value of a gold jewelry.
White gold is an alloy of gold and one other white metal, which gives it its color: usually nickel or palladium. White gold jewelry is so appealing because it appear to be shiny and silvery, just like platinum.
Rose gold jewelry is not a new trend, but it gains more and more in popularity. It seems to be in fashion, and mostly women like to wear rose gold jewelry. Rose gold is also known as pink gold or red gold and it was first used in Russia, over 200 years ago. This type of gold is an alloy of gold and copper. Rose gold comes in different shades, depending on the copper concentration, and that’s why it can vary from pink to red. Rose gold that has a higher concentration of copper (even up to 50%) is almost red.
Black gold is used mostly in jewelry and it’s produced using different procedures, such as electroplating with black rhodium or controlled oxidation of gold that contains chromium or cobalt. Although it’s called black gold, jewelry designers use a type of brown gold, known also as “chocolate gold”.
Green gold is not so much used now a days, but it is known for a long time,because sometimes it can naturally occur, when silver and gold alloys are formed. Green gold is not exactly green, but rather yellow-green.
Other types of colored gold are purple or blue, but these types of gold are not commonly used.
The one thing you should keep in mind is that the value of gold is given by its purity, so whenever you sell or buy a gold jewel, check for the gold purity and ask what type of alloy your jewel is made of.
At Best NYC Buyers, we buy all types of gold jewelry, regardless if yellow, white or rose gold. Our experts will verify and authenticate each item right in front of your eyes, while offering the best possible price.