Crafting Gold Jewelry

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Gold is a very popular metal for jewelry. Learn about how gold is allowed with other metals to make different kinds of jewelry.

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Crafting Gold Jewelry

  1. 1. Crafting Gold JewelryCrafting Gold Jewelry An explanation of karats and alloysAn explanation of karats and alloys Manhattan Gold & Silver | 45 W 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | 212-398-1454
  2. 2. Gold JewelryGold Jewelry • As jewelers who work with goldjewelers who work with gold will tell you, this precious metal can be used in almost any type of jewelry. – Rings – Necklaces – Bracelets – Earrings – Pendants – Etc. 2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454
  3. 3. 2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454 The Malleable MetalThe Malleable Metal • Gold is a great metal for jewelry making because it is a very malleable metal. • Malleable metals are easily hammered and struck into new shapes. – The opposite of this would be a ductile metal, which can easily be pulled or stretched into new shapes. • e.g. platinumplatinum is ductile and can be pulled into thin wires.
  4. 4. 2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454 Gold AlloysGold Alloys • In jewelry making, gold's malleability is a double- edged sword. • While pure gold can be easily shaped into jewelry designs, it can also be easily dented and scratched. • To make gold jewelry suitable for everyday wear, it must be alloyed with stronger metals.
  5. 5. 2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454 Gold Purity and the Karat SystemGold Purity and the Karat System • Alloying gold with another metal reduces the purity of the gold. Gold purityGold purity is measured in karats from 10-24 as follows: – 24 Karat: 99.9% pure gold – 22 Karat: 91.7% pure gold – 18 Karat: 75% pure gold – 14 Karat: 58.3% pure gold – 12 Karat: 50% pure gold – 10 Karat: 41.7% pure gold – <10 Karat: In the U.S., any jewelry less than 10 karats cannot legally be called “gold.”
  6. 6. 2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454 WhatWhat’s the Difference Between’s the Difference Between Karat Levels?Karat Levels? • A higher karat level makes the piece of jewelry softer, but it also gives it more of gold’s yellow color and brilliant luster. – Because it contains more gold, a higher karat commands a higher price. • Lower karat levels may be sturdier, but the luster and color can be noticeably different. – Gold jewelry with a low karat level may also tarnish, depending on what other metals are in the alloy.
  7. 7. 2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver2013 © Manhattan Gold & Silver www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454www.mgsrefining.com | 212-398-1454 Popular Gold Alloys in JewelryPopular Gold Alloys in Jewelry • Copper + Gold = Rose Gold – The brassy hue of rose gold nicely compliments a range of skin tones. • Silver + Gold = Green Gold – Silver and gold are commonly found mixed together in nature. It’s also known as electrum. • Nickel + Gold = White Gold – White gold is very popular in the jewelry world. It’s plated with rhodium to resist scratching and enhance the color.
  8. 8. About MGSAbout MGS Manhattan Gold & Silver | 45 W 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | 212-398-1454 • Manhattan Gold & Silver (MGS) is a precious metals refiner that has been based in Manhattan’s historic Diamond District since 1985. We are a B2B company that buys and recycles precious metal scraps that accumulate in other businesses. • We serve: – Jewelers – Pawnbrokers – Dentists – The industrial sector – Antique dealers – Machinists – And more! • MGS also creates charts, calculators, and other online tools for our customers to use. – Try our Precious Metals Prices app, which lets you monitor the real-time precious metals market situation from anywhere, right from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
  9. 9. Recycle your PreciousRecycle your Precious Metals for ProfitMetals for Profit • MGS accepts gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. • Payouts are based on the London Fixing. • Up to 99% payout (among the highest in the US) – Up to 98.5% for gold brought in for hand testing. • Not in NYC? Ship us your precious metals using our Ship & Sell service which offers: – Same day wired payment (once lot is received) – Discounted, insured shipping – Payout calculator Manhattan Gold & Silver | 45 W 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | 212-398-1454
  10. 10. Connect with MGSConnect with MGS • For amazing facts, history and news, read our gold and precious metals blog. • Join the conversation about precious metals on the MGS page on Facebook. • Follow gold, silver, and other precious metal trends at the MGS Twitter account. • Circle MGS on Google+ to hear our latest updates. • If you do business with us, connect with us on the MGS LinkedIn page. • To see precious metal melting and refinement in action, visit the MGS YouTube channel. Manhattan Gold & Silver | 45 W 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | 212-398-1454

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