Throughout history, gold has been the metal of choice for crafting rings for both men and women. Goldsmiths have endless choices in the color and appearance of gold, from that of a true yellow-gold with a polished shine, to a rose tint that has been brushed for a subdued effect.
The rings can easily be created in a size and shape proportionate to the hand; and any additions, such as gemstones, are also chosen for the wearer's preference.
The purity of jeweler's gold is measured in karats, which are expressed in units of 24ths. Thus, pure gold is 24-karat or 100 percent gold, 18-karat is 75 percent gold, 14-karat is 58.5 percent gold, and so on. Gold jewelry is priced according to its purity, or karat weight. A karat, or carat, is 1/24th part of pure gold. This pure gold is commonly alloyed with other metals (copper, silver, zinc, nickel) to increase its hardness and decrease its cost.
There is no such thing as naturally occurring rose, white or green gold. Gold itself is only one color: yellow. All of other "colors" are a mixture of pure 24K yellow gold with various other metals. The percentage of the other metals (copper, silver, zinc, nickel) produces the different shades of gold. Any karat other than 24K gold (pure gold) is called an "alloy". Rose gold, known by other names such as pink gold or red gold, is created by increasing the copper-colored alloys and decreasing the any silver-colored additives.
By increasing lighter alloys of silver, zinc, nickel and copper tone down the yellow gold. The resulting 14K white gold contains as much gold as 14K yellow gold but is nearly white in color, though it still carries diminutive yellowish hint.
With its subtle, natural appearance, green gold is best showcased in jewelry that combines yellow, white and pink gold. An alloy of pure yellow gold and pure silver produces the green tint. For durability, harder metals such as nickel or zinc can be used. To create true 14K green gold, jewelers use 14 parts yellow gold and ten parts silver. 18K green gold would contain eighteen parts yellow gold and six parts silver.
If you do not know someone's ring size, see if you can manage to borrow one of their rings. You can then measure it or have a jeweler measure it. Alternately, if you are using a ring sizer, be sure to use it at the end of the day when your hands are not cold to get the most accurate size. When measuring ring size, the sizer should easily slide over the knuckle. Feel free to use our Free Ring Sizer to measure yourself or your rings.
Be sure to remove gemstone rings before swimming, gardening, cleaning and applying make up. Keeping gemstones out of the sun when not being worn is recommended. A ring holder is great for storing rings when not in use.