Andrew Berry Jewellery

Gold

Every piece of jewellery at at Andrew Berry Jewellery is an example of classic timeless craftsmanship.

Welsh Gold is very rare as there is no more currently being mined.

Colour

  • Gold won’t tarnish, rust, or corrode, and though it’s very strong, it is also the most malleable of all metals.
  • Gold in its pure form (24ct) is too soft to withstand abrasions caused from extensive daily wear, so it is alloyed with other metals to give it strength. This strength makes gold an excellent choice for a ring setting.
  • Common gold alloys are silver, copper, nickel, and zinc.
  • Gold colour is determined by the percentage of alloys that are included in the metal. When gold is alloyed with silver, copper, and zinc, the shade of colour will vary. When gold is alloyed with nickel, copper, and zinc, it becomes white gold.
  • Yellow gold and white gold have very similar strength and malleability. White gold looks very similar to platinum, but the two have very different properties and prices.

Purity

  • The purity of gold is measured in carats, which are expressed in 24ths. So 24-carat gold is pure while 18-carat gold is 75 percent gold and 25 percent alloy.

The Price of Gold

  • The price of gold jewellery is dependent upon the purity of the gold used or carat weight, as well as the design and construction of the piece of jewellery.
  • When the carat weight or the gold percentage of the jewellery is high, the yellow colour of gold is brighter, raising the value of the jewellery.

Caring for Gold

  • Keep your gold jewellery away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine and cleaning fluids. This will reduce daily abrasions and prolong gold’s lustre.
  • To clean gold jewellery, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap and wash gold gently with a soft-bristled brush (a dull tooth brush works well).
  • Store gold pieces separately in soft cloth bags or original boxes to protect them from the exposure to harsh daily elements.