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.
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.
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.
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!
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
My favorite is a necklace I received right after my father passed away, it was a heart with his birth stone in the center.
My favorite piece of jewelry: A set of diamond studs! These are very dear to me because ether were given to me by my Grandma!
I have two of them. A gold diamond heart shaped pendant that was given to my from my deceased aunt. Also my gold wedding band with diamonds are my favorite.
my fav piece of jewelry is my Gucci watch. the lines are clean and simple, but the diamonds set it off, and it goes with everything!
My favorite pieces of jewelery are of course the macaroni necklaces and the like that my children give me.
The only thing that's gold is my wedding band and my husbands but my all time favorite piece of Jewelry was my engagement band it held a lot of meaning to me and was devastated when it was stolen.
I have a gorgeous tanzanite ring from my ex husband, surrounded by big diamonds, very heavy. He sacrificed to get me that ring. Best ring ever.
My favorite piece of jewelry has to be my bridal set. It is the first piece of real jewelry I have ever owned and it is also the most meaningful piece as well. It is white gold which is my favorite with tiny diamonds in the bands and my husband and I picked it out together. I just can't see ever owning another piece as meaningful as them.
I love my Tiffany and Co. heart pendant that my husband got me for my birthday! It was truly a surprise seeing that he has a hard time buying anything for me with out me helping him out!
I'm thinking through my jewelry collection. the only piece that stands out as my "favorite" *i hate choosing* but it would have to be my engagement ring. there is a very long and sad story behind the ring, which is tucked safely away in a safety deposit box. but it is a stunning Verragio ring out of their Venetian collection. i had it customized and its truly my favorite piece to date.
my gold hoop earrings
My favorite (not counting my wedding ring) is a slide bracelet my husband gave me! He gave me a diamond slide to add to it at the birth of each of our 4 sons so it is very special to me! It is not only beautiful but has such sentimental value to me.
I love a classic gold band.
A ring I got after my mothers passing.
Diamond studs and a pave ring both set in gold, bought them at age 19, my parents a FIT, I still wear them practically every single day. Time to add a new piece to the mix. Promise to wear it SheSpeaks.