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Vintage Gold Rings / Wedding Bands

Although there are many choices of materials for your vintage wedding bands, gold is by far the most popular selection.

If you've decided on a gold wedding set, there are still some questions you'll need to address, though, such as how many carats and which colour of gold you'd like your ring to contain. If you don't know much about gold jewellery, you might feel a little uncertainty about how to choose, so here are a few pointers.

Carats are units that we use to measure the purity of gold, equivalent to 1/24th. It can seem a little confusing at first, but it doesn't have to be. Since gold rings are alloys (a combination of gold and other metals), just imagine that each alloy has 24 parts.
So in an 18 carat gold ring, 18 of 24 parts are pure gold, and 6 parts are other metals. Since 18 out of 24 is the same ratio as 3 out of 4, you now know that 18 carat gold is 75% pure gold.
14 carat gold, meanwhile, means that 14 out of 24 parts of the alloy are pure gold, or roughly 58%. Because of the higher ratio of other metals, rings made of a 14 carat alloy are very durable.
This also means that 24 carat gold refers to 100% pure gold.

Typically, you will see gold rings available as one of three colors: yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold. Actually, all gold in its pure form is yellow gold, while white and rose gold get their hues from the differing ratios of the metals they are combined with to form alloys.
Yellow gold and rose gold are both alloyed with copper, zinc, and silver to form 14 or 18 carat gold rings. To make rose gold, however, the mixture incorporates more parts of copper and fewer of silver in order to give the gold a warm, reddish tint.

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