Because of it's excellent malleability and alluring glow, it remains the most popular metal for jewelry. Pure gold is called "24 karat," which means that 24 out of 24 parts are gold. 24 karat gold is rarely used for jewelry because it is too soft and easily damaged. Alloys such as copper and nickel are added to harden and increase the durability of gold.
24k - 24 / 24 100% gold
22k - 22 / 24 91.6% gold
18k - 18 / 24 75.0% gold
14k - 14 / 24 58.5% gold
10k - 10 / 24 41.7% gold
Yellow gold is available in different tones. The higher the percent of pure gold, the richer the color will be. White Gold
White gold is actually yellow gold combined with a white metal such as palladium or nickel to give it a white hue. Even with white metals added, white gold still has a slight yellowish tint. To achieve a bright white appearance, white gold jewelry is often plated with rhodium.
Gold Filled / Gold Bonded Jewelry
Bonded jewelry is manufactured with Sterling silver as the core metal and a sheet of pure Karat Gold mechanically affixed on top. The gold thickness, in bonded products, is greater than gold plated product and often permanent, making the product durable and long lasting. Bonded items at Drip Brothers come with a layer of 10k gold and are often stamped as 1/10 10k or 1/20 10k meaning 1 of 10 or 20 fractions of the jewelry is 10k gold.
Gold Finished Jewelry
Also referred to as gold plated jewelry, these pieces are created through a process where a base metal is covered with a very thin layer of gold by electroplating it. The quality of the base metal often determines the durability of gold plating. Majority of the gold finished items at Drip Brothers comprise of sterling silver as the base metal making them a far more durable and sturdy choice.