The Different Colors of Gold
When most people think about gold and the different colors that they can choose from it comes down to two. Yellow and White. Gold is a popular choice for men’s and women’s jewelry and most popular as wedding or engagement bands, earrings and necklaces. We are happy to tell those who didn't already know, that there is more out there than just two options.
Colored gold is becoming more popular and it is something that can be produced for you. Colored gold can be classified into three groups:
• Alloys with silver and copper that can produce white, yellow, green, grey, rose and red gold’s.
• Inter metallic compounds that can produce blue, purple, and some other colors as well.
• Surface treatments that include oxide layers and will produce black and blue gold colors.
The downfall is that if you are looking for 100% 24 karat gold to wear, colored gold is not that. It can vary between 18 karat, 14 karat and 9 karat. On the plus side jewelry can be made with multiple colors of gold. They can range from two-tone, three-tone, or multi-colored.
Another possibility is Mokumegane, an ancient Japanese technique of fusing together colored gold, originally used to decorate a Samurai’s sword, now used for decorative jewelry and luxury items. The word Mokumegane means “wood grain metal” and it was developed to look as such. The swirling patterns and colors are formed by twisting and forging different colored layers of heated gold producing mesmerizing works of art.
Yellow gold has been popular in jewelry for centuries and will always have a classy appeal to it. As the times change and people want to become more contemporary the colors that are seen as you walk through the office or through the mall are ever changing. When choosing the next piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one, think to yourself if you want to keep it classic with yellow gold or go for a more modern touch by adding a few colors to accentuate your wardrobe.