What to Know Before Buying Gold Jewelry Part II

Welcome back to our three part series on what you need to know before you buy any gold jewelry. There’s a lot to know and it’s best you prepare yourself before a trip to a jewelry store. It is always nice to be prepared and appear informed and competent when making a big purchase. Mile High Coin can answer any questions you may still have after reading these blogs. They have lots of gold jewelry for you to buy and also are looking for what you might be selling. 

Last week we discussed the first few things you want to watch out for when purchasing gold jewelry. The first was the purity level. The second thing you need to know is where you intend to wear the gold and how often you intend to wear it. This is because the higher the purity level, the softer the gold is, meaning the less durable it is.

The next thing to be aware of is if the gold is mixed with anything else. If the gold you are purchasing is anything other than twenty-four karat gold, you will want to know what other metals or materials are mixed with your gold. Often they are mixed to create an alloy. This makes the gold stronger and less vulnerable. 

One of the most common materials mixed with gold is nickel. This indeed makes the gold stronger, but is something you need to know, especially if you have a nickel allergy. You will want to be sure that the gold you are purchasing will be compatible with you so that you can wear it with no problems. 

Next, you will need to know your terms. When it comes to gold jewelry, there are several terms that could be confusing. First, some of this gold jewelry may be ‘gold filled.’ This means that the jewelry is filled with gold. This means the jewelry will last longer and show less wear and tear than our next term, “gold plated.”

 If the jewelry is gold plated it is made of other non-gold metals and then dipped into molten gold to give it an appearance of gold. This is certainly a good option if you are on a low budget and it often does mean that the jewelry will be stronger. 

However, there are some negatives to this as well. The first being that this is not likely to be an heirloom piece as the value is gone. The second is that it will not appreciate over time and you will probably not make much trying to sell it. 

By now I am sure you are seeing that there are several things to keep in mind when shopping for your next piece of gold jewelry. You can always get in touch with or browse the store at Mile High Coin when buying your gold jewelry. They know their stuff and are willing and able to help you out with any questions you may have. Tune in next time for part three of our gold jewelry buying series.
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