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Jewelry made of gold and silver: recognizing good quality

Status: December 21, 2020 1:45 p.m.

Not only jewelers, but also more and more department stores and online shops offer a huge selection of gold and silver jewelry. But there are big differences in quality.

by Anneke Müller

The so-called real jewelery is usually not made from the pure precious metal, but mixed ("alloyed") with other metals. An alloy increases the hardness and polishability, especially in gold jewelry. This makes the piece of jewelery more robust and suitable for everyday use.

A label indicates the fineness of a gold alloy: "750 gold" means, for example, that 750 out of 1,000 parts of the piece of jewelery are made of gold. The remaining proportions vary depending on the desired color nuance, i.e. yellow gold, white gold or rose gold.

Fineness of jewelry made of gold and silver

In Germany the following are Gold alloys common:

  • 18 carat, 50 gold = 75% fine gold and 25% silver / copper
  • 14 carat, 585 gold = 58.5% fine gold and 41.5% silver / copper
  • 9 carat, 375 gold = 37.5% fine gold and 62.5% silver / copper / zinc / tin
  • 8 carat, 333 gold = 33.3% fine gold and 66.7% silver / copper / palladium / platinum / nickel
According to the law, the latter alloy may not be called gold jewelry in Germany, as the minimum fineness of 375 is not reached, so the gold content is too low.

At Silver jewelry a 925 alloy (also called sterling silver) is most commonly used. Usually the remaining 7.5% consists of copper.

Metal in jewelry can cause allergies

Silver, gold and platinum are considered biocompatible. This means that they are usually well tolerated by the body and do not cause allergies. The body also rarely reacts to metals such as titanium.

Additions of metals such as nickel are problematic. The body recognizes the material as an "intruder" and reacts with skin irritation. In order to prevent allergies, you should inform yourself about the alloy of the piece of jewelery before buying. If you want to know exactly, you can have your dermatologist tested for metal allergies.

Real gemstones or zirconia?

An important criterion for the value of a piece of jewelry is the quality of the stone. A basic distinction is made here between a synthetically produced artificial crystal (zirconia) and real gemstones or gemstones.

Higher prices for pure and rare gemstones

The term gemstones includes diamonds and colored gemstones. In gemstones, the cut mineral has the highest possible transparency (purity) and a certain rarity. This results in a higher price than for other gemstones that are more common in nature, for example moonstone or rose quartz.

Hardly any gemstone has a flawless and completely intact crystal structure. In most cases, deposits of foreign minerals or fine cracks can be found, which are referred to as inclusions. These are not welcome with gemstones as they can have a negative effect on color, brilliance and durability. Exception: An emerald, for example, almost always has inclusions, which does not reduce the value.

What is the price of diamonds?

Diamonds are among the most valuable raw materials. Four factors determined the price:

  • Cut type: The best-known cut for diamonds is the brilliant cut, which is why diamonds treated in this way are called brilliant-cut diamonds. The cut of a diamond is the basis for the sparkle of the stone.
  • colour: There is a fixed color scale for diamonds from "very fine white" to "tinted white". A diamond in very fine white shines the most, one with a tinted white the least.
  • carat: The weight of a diamond is given in carats, the unit of measurement for the mass of precious stones. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams. The higher the carat value of a diamond, the more valuable it is.
  • purity: In the case of diamonds, the degree of purity is classified very precisely - from flawless to clearly visible inclusions that greatly reduce the shine of the diamond.

Throw pearls in front of the swine

Even if there are still natural pearls to be dipped for, most pearls come from a farm. Experts distinguish the following types of pearls:

  • Tahitian cultured pearls are obtained from pearl oysters of the South Seas. They have black to black-green color nuances and are characterized by an intense shimmer.
  • South Sea cultured pearls: The rare cultured pearl comes mainly from salt waters near Indonesia and the South Pacific islands. It shimmers in silver white, champagne or warm gold tones.
  • Shell pearls: They are made from the finely ground mother-of-pearl of the oyster and always have a perfect shape with a smooth surface.
  • Freshwater cultured pearls: They are created by countless wafer-thin layers of mother-of-pearl that form inside a pearl oyster. Due to modern cultivation processes, freshwater cultured pearls are now considered to be mass-produced goods with a value in the cent range.

Check workmanship and material before purchasing

If you want to enjoy your jewelry for a long time, you should pay attention to the processing when buying:

  • Chain eyes should be soldered so that they don't tear. Carabiner must not be too soft. Otherwise they can give in and war off.
  • In the case of gemstones, the stones should be firmly in the Version so-called prong settings securely enclose the stone.
  • Also watch out for misleading information about the material like "in gold" or "color gold". These designations do not mean that gold was used as a material.

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