All about yellow gold
What is yellow gold?
Like rose gold, white gold and black gold, 18k or 18kt yellow gold is a mixture of pure yellow gold (called “24k gold”) too soft to be worked with precision, to which come adding other metals (such as silver and copper) to harden the alloy.
750 thousandths (18k) gold is made up of 75% 24k gold (one thousandth) and 25% silver and copper. Its color is close to pure gold: deep and shiny yellow, but the presence of other metals in the alloy makes it harder, so it is better suited for making jewelry set with precious stones. Indeed, pure 24 carat gold is a very malleable metal.
Why choose yellow gold?
Yellow gold does not lack qualities:
It adapts to all types of skin. It particularly highlights tanned to dark skin and illuminates with its wonderful sun tone.
Yellow gold is more durable than platinum or silver. Like other types of gold, it is very resistant and does not scratch very much.
Finally, yellow gold will never lose its color because it does not oxidize.
So if you don't want to worry about maintenance of your jewelry: yellow gold is made for you!
What is fair trade yellow gold?
The alternative to fair trade gold is represented by two main labels, namely "Fair Mining" (carried by the Colombian Association of Responsible Mining Associations) and "Fair Trade" (by one of the main participants of fair trade, Max Havelar).
It is about working on a fairer value chain, better remuneration of miners, and more generally responsible mining activities: better working conditions, greater stability, and the guarantee of the absence of child labor. .
What is recycled yellow gold?
The gold recovered in France comes from the recycling of jewelry and other gold objects (old coins, amalgams, electronic recycling, etc.) as well as manufacturing waste from jewelry workshops.
To a lesser extent (around 10% of the total), it is extracted from e-waste. This is because there is a small amount of gold in the phone or computer that allows you to read these lines.
After recovery, the gold will be analyzed to determine if it is pure gold, alloy, etc. Then it will be refined, to extract and separate the precious metals, in particular gold, from the other materials present.
Finally, a new alloy is made. This is what will be used to make new jewelry.
How to recognize the hallmarks on your yellow gold jewelry?
For gold, the stamp affixed represents:
- An eagle's head for gold 750 thousandths
- A clover for 375 thousandths gold