Does it seem like I'm using more gold these days? You’re right, I am! Why, you might be asking? Well, for starters, don’t PANIC! I’m not abandoning my beloved sterling silver. But I love working with gold for SO many reasons. Here’s just a few:
Color and Contrast
Gold contrasts beautifully with oxidized sterling silver, which you already know I love. White gold, yellow gold, or rose gold. There’s a flavor of gold for every taste!
- When paired with the darkened sterling silver, the rich yellows and pinks of rose gold and yellow gold add visual interest and warmth to my pieces.
- Also, many of the stones I use look best in yellow or rose gold:
- Turquoise with gold is dreamy!
- Ruby with gold is regal!
- Aquamarine with gold elevates and brightens the delicate blues of the stone.
Strength and Durability
Gold is durable, especially 14k, a combination of zinc, nickel, silver, copper, and 58% actual gold. Because of its strength, 14k is the perfect choice for your on-the-go busy lifestyle and also for heirloom pieces you want to pass down to future generations. Gold maintains its natural luster, stands up well to everyday wear, and doesn’t scratch easily.
Gold doesn't quickly tarnish
It’s all about science. Gold is a pure metal, which means it doesn’t react with oxygen, the culprit in discoloration. Tarnishing, if there is any, is usually minimal. If you notice a slight darkening, you can quickly bring the piece back to its natural luster with regular care and a few easy cleaning tips.
It’s a DREAM to work with!
I love creating with gold! It has excellent workability, and for a designer, it’s heavenly. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always love silver too, but gold is exceptional.
- It’s surprisingly forgiving.
- A little goes a long way.
- A single ounce of gold can be drawn down into a long wire or rolled into a large sheet and used in many ways.
Also, gold can easily be recycled and reused to create new pieces. Old coins and broken pieces of jewelry can be melted down and used to make something new and amazing!
Gold adds a touch of elegance and sophistication
Let’s face it, even just a small detail of gold, when added to a piece of sterling silver jewelry, immediately adds a whole new level of elegance and sophistication. When paired with a bit of warm, richly-colored gold, Sterling silver creates a stunning visual contrast next to the cool darkened metal.
There’s just something about even the simplest gold pieces when combined with a sparkling gemstone that feels a tiny bit more decadent.
Gold elevates the value of a piece
lGold retains its value quite well in a volatile market. Even in small amounts, the addition of gold elements elevates both the perceived value and the piece’s actual value. Jewelry, especially gold, feels luxurious, plus it’s an excellent investment. Win-win!
It’s great for people with sensitive skin
Allergic reactions to sterling silver are relatively common, which is why gold is perfect for those with sensitive skin. Most people aren’t allergic to gold, so it’s an ideal choice for rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earring wires. Pretty much everything!
Some people are just gold people
Just like there are cat people and dog people, there are silver people and gold people. I might be the exception because I love them both equally. Depending on my mood, the occasion, or my outfit, I could go either way, but sometimes there’s just a little extra magic with gold.
A little goes a long way. Shop my latest gold pieces today!