Solid gold and the karat system
The karat system is used to measure the purity of gold.
24ct gold is pure gold. Gold in its pure form is too soft form making fine jewellery, so it is mixed with other metals to form a more workable and durable metal.
The karat system measures the ratio of pure gold to other alloys. The greater the amount of pure gold, the greater the number of karats. 24ct is pure gold. 18ct gold is 18 parts gold to 6 parts other metals. 9ct gold is 9 parts gold to 15 parts other metals.
We work with 18ct and 9ct gold.
The colour of gold
We make our jewellery with yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. Gold in its raw 24ct form is a beautiful rich yellow colour. The colour of gold in its non-pure form can be altered by the other metals added into the mixture.
Yellow gold - pure gold is added to an equal mix of silver and copper to make yellow gold. This ratio maintains the classic yellow appearance.
White gold - white metals such as silver, palladium, zink or nickel are added to pure gold to create the silvery hue seen in white gold.
Rose gold – the red appearance in rose gold comes from adding copper to pure gold. Rose gold is also referred to as red gold or pink gold. For a pinker appearance white metals are added.
I love working with 18ct gold and it’s not bad to wear either!
At 75% purity, it’s the purest form of gold that’s still practical for making jewellery from.
You may also see 18ct gold displayed as 18 carat gold, 18K gold, 18 karat gold but we prefer 18ct gold and use that throughout the site.
I work with 18ct gold mostly for wedding bands and engagement rings.