Severiana Fine Jewellery FAQs

Is gold-filled or gold-plated jewelry as valuable as solid gold jewelry?

No, gold-filled or gold-plated jewelry is not as valuable as solid gold jewelry. Gold-filled jewelry has a thicker layer of gold bonded to a base metal, while gold-plated jewelry has a thin layer of gold electroplated onto a base metal. The gold content in gold-filled or gold-plated jewelry is significantly lower than in solid gold jewelry, which affects its value.

What is the difference between karat and carat when referring to gold jewelry?

Karat (abbreviated as "k") refers to the purity of gold jewelry, while carat (abbreviated as "ct") is a unit of weight used for gemstones. In the context of gold, karat indicates the proportion of pure gold in the jewelry. For example, 24 karat gold is considered 99.9% pure, while 18 karat gold is 75% pure.

What are some common karat stamps found on gold jewelry?

Common karat stamps found on gold jewelry include 24k, 22k, 18k, 14k, and 10k. 24k is considered pure gold, while the other karat stamps indicate varying levels of gold purity mixed with other metals. The karat stamp is usually accompanied by a symbol, such as "k" or "kt," to denote karatage.

How can I identify the purity of gold jewelry using hallmark stamps?

Hallmark stamps typically include symbols or numbers that represent the purity of the gold. For example, a "916" stamp indicates 91.6% gold (22K), "750" stamp indicates 75% gold (18k), while a "585" stamp signifies 58.5% gold (14k). 

How can I ensure the purity of gold jewelry before making a purchase?

It's essential to buy gold jewelry from reputable and trusted sources. Look for jewelers who provide proper certification or hallmarking that guarantees the purity of the gold. Hallmarks are small stamps or engravings on the jewelry that indicate the karatage or purity level. Additionally, you can consider getting an independent appraisal of the jewelry to verify its purity.

Does the softness of gold make it more prone to scratches and dents?

Yes, the softness of gold makes it more susceptible to scratches, dents, and deformation when compared to harder metals. Gold jewelry can be easily marked or damaged if not handled with care.

Can the softness of gold affect the durability of gold jewelry?

Yes, the softness of gold can affect the durability of gold jewelry. Pure gold is more prone to wear and deformation over time, especially in items that are frequently worn or subject to daily wear and tear.

How does the softness of gold compare to other commonly used metals in jewelry?

Gold is generally softer compared to metals like platinum or silver, which have higher hardness and durability. However, gold's softness gives it unique characteristics and properties that make it highly valued and desirable in jewelry making.

Are there any special care instructions for soft gold jewelry?

Soft gold jewelry requires careful handling and maintenance. It is recommended to store it separately from other jewelry to prevent scratches, avoid wearing it during activities that could subject it to excessive force, and regularly clean it using appropriate methods and solutions to preserve its appearance.

How can I maintain the value and appearance of my gold jewelry?

To maintain the value and appearance of your gold jewelry, you should handle it with care and avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals, perfumes, or lotions that can tarnish or damage the metal. Store your jewelry in a separate compartment or soft pouch to prevent scratching. Periodic cleaning using mild soapy water and a soft brush can help remove dirt and maintain its shine.