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Gold:

Gold is everywhere around us – into the earth, our bodies, the water, electrical wiring..

Gold Properties:

  • Does not corrode, tarnish or rust. Gold coins found in jewelry or coins in sunken ship are as bright and shiny as the day they were made. Gold lasts forever.

  • Has a deep yellow color and high luster. By mixing other metals with it, gold can be given a variety of colors

  • Gold is softer than most metals. It has a hardness of 2 to 2.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness. Meaning that it can easily be scratched and scraped. Gold becomes harder when alloyed with other metals.

  • Is relatively rare, therefore expensive. More steel is poured in one hour, that gold has been poured since the beginning of time.



Gold’s malleability and resistance to corrosion and oxidation make it an ideal metal for jewelry but is not necessarily the best. Platinum is also an excellent choice for jewelry.

Gold Content and Notation

USA Karat Stamping

Parts Gold

Gold %

24K

24/24

99.9%

22K

22/24

91.7%

18K

18/24

75%

14K

14/24

58.3%

12K

12/24

50%

10K

10/24

41.7%

9K

9/24

37.5%