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Enter the SheSpeaks All About Gold Giveaway

Enter the SheSpeaks All About Gold Giveaway

There is nothing like real gold. For thousands of years, kingdoms have been won or lost, wars have been waged, and lovers have exchanged vows over this precious metal whose economic value is as important as its cultural significance. 

But before we start talking about central banks, cutting-edge technology and breathtaking designs – we are inviting all SheSpeaks members to enter our ALL ABOUT GOLD GIVEAWAY because May is gold month!  To enter, just comment below and you could win a pair of exquisite, genuine, out-of-this-world, luxe 14kt gold earrings!

 The Value of Gold

Gold was first used as a standard of currency and a way to define wealth in 643 B.C. It evolved to a paper system that was redeemable in coins. The Gold Standard was abandoned in the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Gold prices hit an all-time high of $1,895 an ounce in September of 2011. Today, the price of gold is $1,294 per ounce and silver is $19 per ounce. 100 million people worldwide depend on gold mining for their livelihood.

Gold Metal

Along with rhodium, palladium, silver, iridium and platinum -  gold belongs to an elite group of elements on the periodic table known as the “noble metals.” It is lustrous, malleable, non-reactive, and is the most reflective of known materials. Just one ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire nearly five miles long or be hammered into a sheet of gold so thin that it could cover an area of 100 square feet. It will not oxidize, rust or tarnish.

Alloying

In gold jewelry, a process known as alloying is used to mix other metals with pure 24 karat gold—to add durability and to change its color. Base metals like zinc and copper are often used. The most familiar colors of gold jewelry are yellow, white, and rose. For example, a white gold wedding band is often created by alloying pure gold with white metals such as palladium or silver. In addition it is usually plated with rhodium to create a harder surface with a brighter shine.

Fineness

In the United States we define gold jewelry’s fineness with the term "karat" ("kt" or "K") which refers to the amount of gold in the piece. A karat consists of 24 parts in total. Therefore 24kt gold jewelry, which is often used in Far East, is composed of 24 parts of pure (.999 fine) gold and no alloys whatsoever. 18kt gold, which is often used in Europe, is made up of 18 parts pure gold and six parts of other metals. Dividing the 18 parts by 24 and multiplying by 100 for a result of 75 will determine the percentage of pure gold in the recipe. 10kt gold is 41.7% pure gold and 14kt is 58.3% pure gold.

Manufacturing and Production

Gold’s radiance has been irresistible to goldsmiths and artisans since the time of Cleopatra. Today you can find high quality jewelry made in India, Peru, Turkey, China and in Italy where the tradition of gold manufacturing can be traced back 3,000 years to the exquisite designs of the Etruscans. The Goldsmith Schools of Milan and Turin lead the world in outstanding technical production. The gold Industry is centered in Arezzo and in Vicenza which hosts Vincenza Oro,The World Premier Jewelry Fair, every year.

How To Enter

Do you like gold? If so, you should enter our ALL ABOUT GOLD GIVEAWAY where you can win a pair of chic, classic, substantial, timeless, dream-of-a-lifetime 14kt gold earrings!

  • 14K yellow gold electroformed over an inner core of resin, which creates a lightweight earring that is strong and dent-resistant
  • Square tube; highly polished hoop
  • 14K gold snap-bar closures, for pierced ears
  • Measures approximately 1"L x 1/4"W
  • Made in Italy

To enter, just comment below and tell us about your favorite piece of jewelry!  Maybe it was something you received as a gift or on a special occasion, or maybe it was something you saved-up for, or purchased while on vacation, or even treated yourself to after achieving that  'special promotion' - we'd love to know why it is special to you!

  

 *This giveaway is open through June 2nd to USA residents over 18 years of age. No purchase necessary.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner:  charles

 

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  • DivaMom812 By DivaMom812
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is for sure my wedding band. My husband and I had just bought our first house and were paying for our wedding so money was tight. We "splurged" on my plain gold band because he insisted - 16 years later it is still my hand down favorite won't leave home without it jewel!

  • SheilaMR By SheilaMR
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a multi colored stone, paisley shaped broach that my mom received from her mother in law and now passed onto me. One day, I will pass it on to my daughter.

  • Denigan17 By Denigan17
    05.21.14  

    I received a white gold ring, with sapphires from my boyfriend. It wasn't the most expensive, but really matches my style, and I love it.

  • brekia By brekia
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a pair of Caribbean Topaz earrings I got in Jamaica. I fell in love with the beautiful colors in the stones. I had a ring that matched but I lost it in a house fire. One day I will go back to Jamaica and recreate that ring.

  • davisjodie By davisjodie
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece is a double-strand pearl necklace that I received from my mother for my wedding.

  • daholte By daholte
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry are some pearl earrings that belonged to my grandmother.

  • addiedean By addiedean
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece is an antique silver and gemstone cross ring I snagged on Ebay. It has garnets, peridot and amethyst in pure silver. The seller stated it as costume and sold it for only $5!

  • pmencin By pmencin
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a gold ring with tanzanite, iolite, and amethyst that my husband bought me when we had been dating about 3 years. I figured it would be the only 'ring' I would ever get from him ... but I was wrong, and he proposed with an engagement ring 3 months later. I still love both!!!!!

  • rge-rge By rge-rge
    05.21.14  

    it looks like a gold coin...its a pendant pendant....it has my name written on i it and u hv to flip it to see it...its awesome....my 1st gold jewellry gifted by my parents when i graduated....cherish it!

  • TNTIBOS By TNTIBOS
    05.21.14  

    A simple gold band

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