What is 585 gold?
585 gold is a high-karat gold alloy that contains 11.0 parts of gold out of the 12.5 parts. It is approximately 58% pure gold, with the remaining metals primarily composed of copper, silver and zinc (585 denotes 585 thousandths of an ounce).
Why should you know about 585 gold?
585 has more than twice as much gold in it as 18kt white gold (because it contains higher amounts of both copper and silver), which helps make it less reactive to skin, giving it a more significant potential to be worn in jewellery without causing any adverse reactions on sensitive skin types. 585 is considered a hypoallergenic alternative to purer but more reactive metals in wedding bands and other jewellery. When 585 is combined with other alloys, it creates a product that’s less reactive and subject to skin allergies than pure 585 without those other alloys. 585 gold is a good option for making charms, pendants and different types of jewellery because of its softness.
The History Behind 585 Gold
585 gold was invented in 1899 by the American jeweller Daniel F. Streetman who found a way to produce a gold alloy to create jewellery which would not cause skin irritation. He had the idea of mixing silver with gold to help reduce the adverse reactions that the mere touch of gold can drive on some skin types.
How 585 Gold is Made
After 1986 when the USA abandoned the silver standard, 585 gold was most commonly produced by combining 11 parts copper, three parts silver and 1 part zinc with 1 part gold. It is pressed into pellets, which then become ingots that form into sheets. The sheets are drawn into wire or used to make casting blanks for jewellery production.
What is the difference between 14K and 585 gold?
There is a lot of confusion in the marketplace concerning the numbers on gold jewellery. When deciding what type of gold is right for you, knowing how to evaluate these numbers is vital to making informed decisions. Here’s a breakdown: 14K indicates purity or fineness. The number itself refers to the percentage of pure gold contained in an alloy, in this case, 14 parts out of 24 total parts. 14K is lower, meaning more gold, and more gold is required to make the same amount of jewellery. Also, 14K has a higher purity level than 585, which means that it contains less copper and silver and less zinc. 585 gold has 11.0 out of 12.5 parts of pure gold, 43% (585 denotes 585 thousandths of an ounce). The exact amount of 14K is 57% pure gold.
In other words, 14K is easier to work with than 585 gold because it requires less gold and produces less waste.
What About 18K?
Next, you should know that there are three levels of 18k. There is 18 karat, which has a purity level of 92.5% pure, 18 karats (585), and 18 karats of white gold. The term 18 karats is thrown around often, even by professionals. In today’s jewellery industry, 18ct gold is the equivalent of 100% pure gold. 18ct gold can have a different weight, depending on the piece’s finish. This means that jewellery made from 18ct gold can be 19gms or 22gms. With 100% pure gold, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and durability. But, if you’re only interested in the colour or other characteristics, 18ct may be a better option.
So, What is White Gold?
18 karat gold can also be called white gold, which is a good choice when you want jewellery with a consistently lighter colour throughout the piece. White gold has been used to refer to yellow gold and even 9kt pieces with rhodium plating. 18 karat white gold will indeed be white gold. It’s not a mixture of yellow and white gold; it’s pure white gold. 18 karat has been around since the 1800s and is often used in wedding rings. White gold is slightly softer than yellow gold, meaning more people can wear it without causing allergic reactions.
What about Platinum?
Platinum can refer to platinum with palladium (a rare metal) or nickel (an element). Platinum is the most expensive type of gold on the market, and it’s one of the hardest metals known to man. While platinum gold jewellery is beautiful, it’s also scarce. You might have seen a new trend in bridal jewellery where yellow gold is plated with platinum to give it a unique sparkle. However, you won’t find platinum wedding rings at your typical diamond jeweller. Individual jewellers, not companies, manufacture most platinum jewellery.
What to Look For in an Engagement Ring
As you search for the right engagement ring, you’ll notice that many options are available. If you’re buying a call with any colour, you should know the different levels a manufacturer would use. The most common grades include 9kt, 14kt and 18kt. The higher the number, the better the colour quality will be. White gold is the most common colour you’ll find, but there are other options for you.
585 has more than twice as much gold in it as 18kt white gold (because it contains higher amounts of both copper and silver), which helps make it less reactive to skin, giving it a more significant potential to be worn in jewellery without causing any adverse reactions on sensitive skin types
What does 14k gold mean?
14k means that 14 out of 24 parts of the whole piece (its weight) is pure gold. You can find a ring made from 14kt with a karat weight of 0.5 to 9.5. The higher the number, the more pure gold is involved in a particular piece.
What does 18k mean?
18kt means that 18 out of 24 parts of the whole piece (its weight) is pure gold. You can find a ring made from 18kt with a karat weight of 0.5 to 9.8. The higher the number, the more pure gold is involved in a particular piece.
What is 24k gold?
24kt means that 24 out of 40 parts of the piece (its weight) is pure gold. You can find a ring made from 24 kt with a karat weight of 0.5 to 9.9. The higher the number, the more pure gold is involved in a particular piece.
What is platinum?
Platinum refers to the platinum group of metals. It’s twice as dense as gold and has a shiny white colour. Platinum is much more resistant to accidents and can be used in various types of parts because heat, high pressure or chemicals don’t get damaged easily. Before the invention of industrial platinum, it was a rare metal; today, it is more common than gold. There are many ways to tell the quality of platinum, including test results and its appearance. The way that platinum jewellery looks are essential to most people, especially when it comes to wedding rings.
Many different ways to look at the numbers and terms can arise when discussing gold jewellery. Knowing the details about each type of gold is important because it allows you to make an educated decision when shopping for a piece. In addition, you should be aware of how these numbers relate to different types of gold and what this means for the quality of your work.