A compromise between a high content of the precious metal and good physical characteristics is 585 gold — this is a guarantee of the durability of jewelry and their high value.
What does 585 gold standard mean?
Gold is characterized by softness, therefore, to create products from it, other metals are added to alloys. Additives strengthen it, change the shade and smooth the surface. The composition of the precious metal in the alloy determines the fineness of the jewel.
In many countries of the world, including Ukraine, there is a metric system that characterizes the number of parts of a noble material in 1000 alloy units.
All products that enter the jewelry market are stamped, which determines what part of the alloy is the precious metal. If there is no sample, then it is an illegally imported fake of dubious quality or a handicraft product.
The jewelry brand informs buyers about the ratio of the weight of the precious metal in the alloy to the total weight of the alloy. The higher the sample, the higher the content of pure metal in the alloy. The higher its percentage in a given sample, the higher its valuation and value.
A sample of a precious metal is always marked with three numbers, which show how much of it is in the sample. Since the numbers are ppm, the sample is converted to thousandths of a gram.
True pure gold does not exist. The highest grade is 999. Its alloy contains 99.9% gold, 24 carats. It is sold in bars of 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 g and in coins.
585 gold is an alloy containing 58.5% pure gold.
The rest is impurities of other metal alloys, which give it strength.
What does 585 gold standard mean in the world and in Ukraine?
In Switzerland, the United States of America and Great Britain, there is a carat system, according to which a 1000th sample of a precious metal corresponds to 24 conventional units. That is, 585 gold, which means its value is 14 carats.
On Ukrainian-made products, an imprint of the stamp of the State Inspectorate and an imprint of the manufacturer are compulsorily put.
The 1st number indicates the year of branding. The letter following it is the cipher of the State Assay Inspectorate. Further letters indicate a special code of the manufacturer.
585 and 333 gold tests: what do they mean and how do they differ
It is difficult to distinguish jewelry made of 585 gold from 333 in appearance to an ordinary buyer, not a jeweler, if he does not know how much pure gold is in 585.
The cost of the same models of precious metals of different alloys is different.
585 gold jewelry is jewelry that contains more pure gold, so the price of earrings or a chain will be higher than similar 333-carat jewelry.
Another difference between 585 and 333 gold is hardness and durability. Products bearing the 333 stamp are highly durable and resistant to damage and scratches. But if they are not used for a long time, they darken and lose their luster. The 585th test is gold, any darkening and contamination from the surface of which can be easily removed with a special soft cloth. Jewelry made from it is particularly durable, which is more appreciated by buyers.
What does 585 gold sample of different colors mean?
As in the entire post-Soviet space, in Ukraine it is widely believed that the highest quality gold has a red-yellow hue. Metal of a different color is either more expensive or worse in quality. This explains the fact why in our country it is less popular than in the countries of the European Union.
However, the shade of gold does not depend on the sample, but on the ligature — components that are added in well-defined proportions to the composition of the alloy.
At the peak of popularity are jewelry made of bright yellow, as well as white gold with rhodium plating. The beauty of products made of pink or red gold from an alloy with impurities of zinc, silver and copper is also in demand.
Modern jewelry made from an alloy of white gold and palladium is becoming popular. It is a hypoallergenic metal that suits the most susceptible clients. For wedding rings with diamonds that are currently fashionable, white color is most often used, which expressively emphasizes the radiance of stones. Platinum and white gold are easily distinguished by the yellowish tint characteristic of gold, but the rhodium plating hides this difference.
The world instantly fell in love with red gold thanks to the Damiani jewelry house, which released a collection of roses from it.
Minimalistic white gold began to be worn every day after the introduction of the Tiffany line of models on the market.
The Trinity series from Cartier aroused in all fashionistas a passionate desire to have a ring, pendant or bracelet made of a combination of gold in three different shades.
Wear-resistant black gold is one of the latest jewelry trends. A beautiful black-silver shade occurs when products are coated with black rhodium or ruthenium is applied galvanically, as well as by adding chromium or cobalt to the ligature.
Boucheron’s famous «chocolate» wedding rings are made from brown gold based on a copper alloy with potassium sulfide.
The technology for producing purple (amethyst or violet) gold with the addition of aluminum came to Ukraine from Singapore.
585 gold is an alloy of different shades, which determines the ratio in the composition of non-ferrous metals. With 36% silver and 5.7% copper, gold becomes greenish, 18.3% silver plus 23.4% copper makes pink, 8.3% silver and 33.4% copper makes red.
For the production of precious jewelry, manufacturers most often use white gold, which contains 23.7–28.7% silver, 13.0–18% palladium or 17% nickel, 16% copper, 9% zinc.
Now you know that for 585 gold, more precisely, why you need to pay more for jewelry made from it than for goods of 500, 417, 375 and 333 tests.
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