The Ultimate Guide to Gold

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  • 22 Dec, 2016

Find the Beauty in Gold with Local Jewelers in Rockford, IL

Ultimate Guide to Gold - Jewelry by Christopher

Gold has been seen as the ultimate symbol of wealth and power for centuries but how much do you really know about this precious metal? While there are plenty of jewelers in Rockford, IL who would be happy to sell you a gold ring, only Master Jeweler Christopher Anderson can give you insight into this custom jewelry staple. Not only is gold beautiful and versatile but for the last 7,000 years people have used gold jewelry to make a statement about their affluence, beauty and even immortality.

Your Ultimate Guide to Everything Gold


While gold is more readily available today than it was centuries ago, it is still seen as a symbol of wealth and prosperity in most cultures. Gold was first used in the Copper Age around 5000 BCE but reached new heights during the Renaissance. This is when the royal courts of Western Europe were in fierce competition for power and decided to start covering themselves in gold and fine jewels for every occasion.


Many different color options for gold are now available in modern jewelry making. To change the color of gold, it must be combined with an alloy. Some of the most common colors of gold used in custom jewelry include:

  • Yellow Gold - The traditional choice for gold jewelry. This option is the easiest to find and repair, making it an affordable option for most.
  • White Gold - This option is created by combining yellow gold with nickel alloy and then plating it with rhodium. This beautiful option requires more maintenance and annual replating because the yellow gold color can begin to show with regular wear.
  • Rose Gold - With gorgeous pinkish tones and a more vintage look, this option has increased in popularity over recent years. To achieve the rose gold color, yellow gold is combined with copper alloy.


Gold is measured in karats that help the wearer to understand the actual percentage of gold present in the metal. You may be familiar with 24 karat gold or 22 karat gold being used in fine jewelry but most jewelry that is intended for everyday wear is made with 14 karat or 18 karat gold because it is less soft and malleable.

  • 10 Karat = 41.7% Pure
  • 12 Karat = 50% Pure
  • 14 Karat = 58.3% Pure
  • 18 Karat = 75% Pure
  • 22 Karat = 91.7% Pure
  • 24 Karat = 99.9% Pure

Invest in Gold: Design Your Own Custom Jewelry Piece

If you're ready to invest in the beauty and grandeur of gold, no place is better for creating the perfect piece than your local jewelers in Rockford, IL. With years of experience and the only Master Jeweler certification in the area, you can work with Christopher to create a beautiful engagement ring or other special piece that features your favorite color and measurement of gold. Visit Jewelry by Christopher online today to schedule a consultation and get started on creating your one-of-a-kind, gold custom jewelry piece.

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