For the jewellery you choose to keep forever and want to last in time, there is one prefect material. What else could it be, if not gold?
Goldsmiths use the term alloy to refer to any material that consists of an admixture of metals. In gold alloys, the presence of gold (fineness) is measured either by Karat (one part out of 24, where 24K is pure gold) or as parts of a thousand (1000 is pure gold). Due to the fact that gold exhibits very low hardness in comparison to other metals, the use of pure gold is avoided in crafting jewellery. Within alloys, gold acts as the softer metal, therefore, the lower the percentage of gold in the alloy the harder it is. For example, a jewel made of 14K gold is significantly harder than a 22K one.
At PRIGIPO RENDEZVOUS we specifically use only 18K or 14K gold, and on the inside of all jewellery the corresponding stamp of 750 or 585 parts is engraved.
In its purest form (24K) gold has a distinct, bright yellow colour. In alloys of both 18K and 14K, the remaining metals are the ones that affect their colour. In doing so, we have the capacity to create “white” or “rose” (red) gold. 18K gold has a warm yellow hue as a result of the high percentage of gold (75%), while 14K has a cooler, less vivid yellow hue. Likewise, white gold exhibits a subtle yellow tint while rose gold a faint, copper-like, warm pink hue.