Gold is a very coveted precious metal. In its pure state, it has a yellow color and is in the form of a nugget.

Gold: a precious metal

To express the purity of gold, the carat is used as a measure. If a jewel is in 24 carat gold, it means that it is made up of 100% pure gold. However, 24 -carat gold is very little used in jewelry and jewelry because of its malleability. Indeed, pure gold is soft and deforms too much, it is not solid enough to be used.

To increase the rigidity of gold, it is combined with other metals such as silver, copper, palladium or even zinc. Thus, 18 -carat gold, the most commonly used in jewelry and jewelry, consists of 75% pure gold and 25% other metals. For example, 18 -carat pink gold is a mixture of 75% gold and around 20% copper and 5% silver. 18 -carat white gold, meanwhile, is made up of 75 % gold and 25 % complex alloy of various white metals. 18 -carat yellow gold is a mixture of 75 % gold, 25 % silver and copper alloy.

Two punches make it possible to distinguish jewelry made up of precious metals:

-The first called "the state punch" which is represented by an eagle head for 18 carat gold or a hippocampus for 24 carat gold.

-The other punch is that of the manufacturer, called "the punch of master or responsibility" which has a form of diamond where the name and the initials of the master jeweler are located and a symbol of their own.

Maintenance of a gold jewelry

Gold marks very quickly and easily scratches under the effect of repeated friction. To preserve your jewelry, start by removing it in situations that can deteriorate it. For example when you play sports. Avoid putting jewelry in an environment exposed to chemicals, household, cosmetics. In addition, when you do not wear them, it is best to store your gold jewelry in fabric pockets to preserve them.

Our maintenance tips only concern jewelry entirely in gold. Your jewelry should not be decorated with precious stones. To clean your gold jewelry at home, you can let your jewel rest in an alkali solution and rinse it well. Savony water is another possibility, gently rub your jewelry with a brush soaked in soapy water and then rinse with clear water.

The best thing is to go see a specialist in jewelry to verify that your jewelry is in good condition. The Tournaire Maison offers you a maintenance of your gold jewelry. Your jewelry will be controlled, cleaned and polished by our workshop. Contact our customer service for more information.

If you want to know more about precious metals, find our guides on money and platinum.

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