Mining For Answers: Gold Questions

It's our privilege as jewelers to educate our customers about the world of jewelry.
If you ever have a question about fine jewelry, worry not, we are here to help!


Q: What is the difference between white gold and yellow gold?

Gold has natural bright yellow color - this includes white gold in 14k and 18k. To get the yellow to be less noticeable, white alloys such as rhodium are added to help mass the yellow color.


Q: What is rhodium plating?

Rhodium is the magic ingredient that makes white gold look white and glossy. Because white gold is not naturally white, a jeweler must add rhodium after polishing to give it that shiny white finish. Rhodium plating is not permanent and will wear off over time.


Q: What’s the difference between carat and karat?

The terms “Karat” and “carat” are common units of measurements used in jewelry. They are pronounced the same but are spelled differently and measure entirely different matters. “Carat” is the measurement used to weigh diamonds and other precious stones; whereas “karat” is used to measure the purity of precious metals, such as gold.


Q: Why does my gold jewelry discolor my skin?

The usual cause for discolored skin from gold is 'metallic abrasion.' When makeup or other cosmetics on the skin combine with sweat, fats and fatty acids are released and can cause corrosion around the gold.