Gold is a highly sought after precious metal with a history as old as time. Having been used for ornamentation, in jewelry, in sculpture, and as a commodity, or form of money, since the beginning of recorded history. One of the only elemental metals with a natural hue other than gray or white, pure gold has a bright yellow color traditionally considered attractive and been associated with royalty.
The most malleable of all metals, a single gram of this gorgeous, golden nugget can be beaten into a sheet measuring one square meter, or an ounce into 300 square feet! Pure gold (24k) is too soft to withstand the stresses of everyday wear however so it is alloyed with other metals to give it strength and sturdiness. Karatage, noted by a number followed by "k" indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewelry is gold. The price of gold jewelry is dependent on the purity of the gold used, or karat weight, in addition to the construction and design of the piece.
Raineri Jewelers presents gold jewelry in fine 18k and 14k pieces. 18k gold is composed of 75% gold and 14k gold is composed of 58% gold, both are recommended for fine jewelry purchases. Jewelry made from these precious metals has a slightly yellow color, therefore to enhance its whiteness for white gold pieces, a shiny, white, extremely hard metal known as rhodium is used. Almost all white gold is plated with rhodium for durability and a desirable appearance for those preferring white gold.