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18-carat Yellow Gold

18ct yellow gold has become a standard in luxury jewellery, prized for its rich colour, excellent durability, and ability to hold intricate designs. Its timeless appeal and prestigious status make it an excellent choice for engagement rings, wedding bands, and other fine jewellery pieces.
Yellow gold has been revered throughout human history for its beauty, rarity, and intrinsic value. Its allure can be traced back to ancient civilisations, with its earliest known use dating back to ancient Mesopotamia around 4,600 BCE, then later by the Egyptians around 3,000 BCE, where it symbolised divine power and eternity. Egyptians adorned their pharaohs with gold jewellery and burial masks, believing it to be the flesh of the gods. Similarly, in Greece and Rome, gold was used to craft exquisite jewellery, coins, and ceremonial objects, signifying wealth and social status. During the medieval period, gold's association with the divine persisted, often used in religious artefacts and symbols. The Age of Exploration further elevated its status as European explorers sought new sources of gold, driving global trade and conquest. 

In contemporary times, yellow gold remains a symbol of luxury and enduring value, used in fine jewellery, investment, and various cultural traditions. Its timeless appeal lies in its lustre, malleability, and resistance to tarnish, making it a lasting emblem of wealth, beauty, and power. Pure gold (also known as 'fine gold' or '24-carat gold') is too soft and malleable to be fashioned into wearable pieces, so gold is alloyed with other metals that have different properties that makes it more suitable for everyday wear.

Alloying Yellow Gold

Our 18-carat yellow gold wedding rings and engagement rings are made up of 75% gold, 16% silver and 9% copper. Adding copper increases the hardness and strength of the alloy, and imparts a rich warm hue to the gold. Silver lightens the colour of gold, creating a paler and more yellow hue. When combined with copper at this specific proportion, it helps achieve the desired shade of gold. And, while silver is relatively soft, it adds a different type of hardness making 18ct gold a durable and workable metal ideal for precious jewellery.