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Gold Jewelry Alloys, What’s in Yellow and White Gold?

In the thirty six years I’ve been a jeweler, I’ve been asked, “what is in the alloy mix, (metals mixed into gold for strength and ease of jewelry making,) for white gold and yellow gold?” People have also asked how do the alloys react to skin? The light bulb just went off in my head that…

White Gold vs Platinum For Wedding Rings – What’s the Difference?

This is my big monster of an article on White Gold vs Platinum. If I haven’t covered it here, check the comments. This post will cover whatever it is you want to know about gold or platinum.  I’ve covered why platinum is more expensive, which metal holds its shine longer, and why one is better…

Titanium vs Gold as Wedding Bands For Your Finger’s Safety

In this post I talk about titanium vs gold wedding bands and why titanium is a bad choice. Why be boring I say, so here is a story to illustrate why titanium is a poor wedding band choice for your finger’s safety. Update: June 2, 2018 A rattlesnake bit a river rafter. He was stuck in…

Calculating the Cost of Gold Jewelry, Is There a Rule of Thumb?

So Many Questions About Gold Prices What is the cost of gold jewelry? How does the cost of gold jewelry compare to the price per ounce of gold on the metals market? Are rings more expensive by weight than chains? What is retail markup? What makes one type of gold jewelry more expensive than another?…

Illustration of MJSA article on finding your jewelry personality with Calla Gold Jewelry

What is Your Jewelry Personality? Part two – Metal, Width and Height

More Options in Figuring out Your Jewelry Personality This post is part two of “What is Your Jewelry Personality.” If you haven’t read part, read it first. This series is a great way to visually explore your favorite looks and feels in jewelry design. This is a multi-part series that I’ll keep adding to. Let’s…

Egyptian Coin in Gold

Why Is Gold More Expensive Than Silver?

Silver and Gold As evidenced by price, gold has been considered more valuable than silver throughout modern history. As I write this blog, an ounce of gold costs over seventy-five times more than an equal weight of silver. Why the huge difference?

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