Gold Purity

Gold purity chart

At Elizabeth Jewellers, we craft our jewelry using 18K gold.

Gold is one of the most precious metals on earth. It has earned this reputation for its distinct natural color and resistance to corrosion. However gold is very soft and malleable. In order to withstand everyday wear, gold is alloyed with mixtures of other metals such as palladium, silver, copper, nickel and zinc. The term ‘Karatage’ symbolized by a number followed by the letter ‘K’ is used to indicate the amount of metal in the gold jewelry. 24K gold means that the purity of the metal is 100% gold.

18K gold is composed of 75% gold and 25% other metals alloyed to make the gold jewelry durable for everyday wear.

Palladium Alloyed White Gold

When it comes to our white gold jewelry we use palladium alloyed white gold only. In order to avoid allergic reactions such as skin rashes, dermatitis, and eczema we do not use traditional alloys such as nickel or zinc as whitening agents in our white gold jewelry.  In order to give our customers the best, we use Palladium for it hypoallergenic qualities. We plate our white gold jewelry with rhodium to give that extra luster.

Palladium is named one of the “Noble Metals” in the world and it belongs to the Platinum Group of Metals. It is lighter in weight and whiter than Platinum. Unlike nickel alloyed white gold that loses its white color over time, our palladium alloyed white gold jewelry remains white forever.

Yellow Gold

We use a precise mixture of pure gold, silver and copper in our 18K yellow gold jewelry to give them their rich shine.