Gemstone Guide - 18k Yellow Gold
Warm and Vivid Yellow
- Timeless look
- More valuable than 14k gold
- Does not tarnish
75% Gold, 25% Alloy
Yellow gold is the perennial choice for fine jewelry. The iconic yellow color is recognized in history by all cultures fortunate enough to stumble upon its beauty. The Ancient Egyptians adorned their kings in stunning gold jewelry, medieval artisans wove golden threads into massive silk tapestries, and Renaissance painters applied gold leaf on their masterpieces.
The purity of gold is measured in karats (symbol: k or kt). Pure gold (99.9% gold) is graded as 24k. Lower grades are represented proportionally; 14k gold is 58.5% gold and 41.5% alloy and 18k gold is 75% gold and 25% alloy. Gold is mixed with alloys to strengthen it, as pure gold is too soft for traditional jewelry.
Yellow gold is commonly alloyed with copper, nickel, zinc and/or cobalt. Unlike white gold, it does not need to be replated. The color of yellow gold will not fade ensuring its eternal beauty.
- Securely store in non-abrasive or velvet like pouches and fabric lined jewelry boxes
- Avoid keeping multiple pieces together
- Using a soft brush, clean gently in warm water and mild dish soap
- Dry with a soft cloth, lint-free if possible
- Do not use metallic brushes, corrosive cleaning solutions (such bleach and chlorine), or paper towels and tissues.
- If jewelry develops sheen, use a jewelry cleaning solution