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SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 05.21.14
Enter the SheSpeaks All About Gold Giveaway
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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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  • LoraineyE By LoraineyE
    05.21.14  

    Mine is my jewelry from my aunt in germany as she gave me real gold and silver pieces from her collection.

  • tnshadylady By tnshadylady
    05.21.14  

    I bought a matching set of lapis lazuli earrings, necklace, bracelet, anklet, and wristwatch while on a cruise. Perfect for seaside and reminds me of starry nights. Love it!

  • BeachcomberD By BeachcomberD
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is my black hills gold ring. It was one of the first pieces of jewelry that I bought for myself.

  • wolfiegirl By wolfiegirl
    05.21.14  

    a heart pendant given to me by my bf

  • bloubeck By bloubeck
    05.21.14  

    My wedding ring is my favorite piece of jewelry.

  • weesie3158 By weesie3158
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a plain string of pearls that I inherited from my grandmother..it came in a very beautiful leather case.I treasure it for it's obvious sentimental value...but also because it symbolizes the way people cared for things years ago.

  • minimeeh By minimeeh
    05.21.14  

    My fav is my gold necklace from my childhood, it has little circle discs that dangles all around, and you can see where i bit down on them. love it, so much memories.

  • cheryllo By cheryllo
    05.21.14  

    Other than my wedding ring my favorite piece of jewelry is my charms necklace. It's got charms from my husband over 32 years of marriage, charms from kids as they grew up and now as adults including one for my grandson.

  • Lexiquin By Lexiquin
    05.21.14  

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a small gold nugget that my Dad mined and a necklace that my Mom passed down from her Mother. Sweet memories.

  • CStacey By CStacey
    05.21.14  

    I have a gold earrings that my husband bought me over 20 years ago - they have the Italian backs which make them so easy to put on and off.. They were a total surprise then and even now bring back all of those sweet memories of the say he surprised me with them... They almost feel warm to me when I touch them actually - so full of his love...

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