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Jewelry: Gold and Silver Basics

Now a days, with so many metals and precious stones around, it seems very difficult to decide which way to go. Being in the buyer end and in need to simplify my latest jewelry purchase, I decided to prepare myself. First, I did my research between the most common metals: Gold and Silver.

I learned the simple basics about these two metals: weight measurements, color, density and the most usual definitions. Here, I will share my findings with you. Hopefully, it will assist you on your next jewelry purchase adventure.

Gold

When looking for quality gold jewelry, the first thing you need to be aware of is how the metal gold is treated or cured. 24K gold means "pure gold". The "K" means karat which is a quality measurement for this metal. Do not confuse it with carat, with a "C", which is one of the 4 C's when looking for a Diamond.

To say that a piece of jewelry is 24K, is to say that that specific item is 100 or more of silver. Like gold, silver is also a very soft metal, that is why it also needs to be combined with a different metal, like copper, to make it harder.

The called Sterling Silver jewelry is the one kind of jewelry that contains more silver in one single piece of jewelry. If a piece contains less than 92.5% of silver, it is not as bright and shiny because silver is combined with other metals.

Always look for "92.5", "Sterling Silver", "925" markings on items that you are considering on buying, this will assure you that you are getting quality.

Now you also know the basics. The easiest way to get your piece of gold and/or silver jewelry is through the net. Browse the top retailers and find the one you like. Read the description of each item that caught your attention and decide which one is the one that best fits your needs.

Use your judgment. I always believe that if you are going to give jewelry as a present is because is for someone very special. Know the person's likings; observe what he or she mostly wares.

Now you know the basics. Shop around, take your time and have fun with it. I hope you enjoy your next jewelry purchase.
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