Shopping for earrings is no mean feat. First off, there are numerous metals you can choose from. The designs and styles are mind-boggling, and each metal has different variations as well.
Take gold, for example. Lovers of gold have yellow, white, and rose gold to pick from. Which one of these do you go for?
The best way to approach this question is by understanding each type.
Yellow gold earrings are made of pure gold and allow metals like Zinc and Copper. The amount of gold on an earring depends on the karats contained.
To illustrate this:
- 24 karat earrings have 99.9% pure gold
- 22 karat earrings have 91.7% pure gold
- 18 karat earrings have 75% pure gold
- 14 karat earrings have 58.3% pure gold
- 10 karat earrings have 41.7% pure gold
Essentially, the higher the karat contained in a piece, the purer gold it contains, and therefore, the more expensive it is.
Pros of Yellow Gold
- It has the highest hypoallergenic properties of the three gold colors
- It is the purest color of the three.
- It is the easiest to maintain of the three.
- You can get earrings in the most exquisite styles since yellow gold is highly malleable and work with
- It can be easily paired with diamonds of a lower value.
- It easily complements olive and other darker skin tones.
Cons of Yellow Gold
- It can dent and scratch much more easily than the other colors
- It requires a stricter polishing and cleaning regimen.
The main distinction between yellow and white gold is color. White gold is alloyed with white metals like nickel. These give it its color.
Pros of White Gold
- White gold gives a classy, understated, timeless look for people who love gold but not the typical yellow color.
- It does not corrode, rust, or tarnish.
- It's slightly stronger than yellow gold, a property that increases its durability.
Cons of White Gold
- White gold is not as hypoallergenic as yellow gold. The alloys used to create it can irritate some people’s skin.
- At times, white gold’s rhodium plating can tarnish over time.
The costs of white and yellow gold earrings are mostly similar for pieces containing similar karats.
Rose gold is an alloy of gold with copper or silver compounds. Copper and silver help not only strengthen it but give it its color.
Essentially, the more copper used determines how rich its reddish color becomes.
One of the more common mixes features 75% gold and 25% copper by mass to give an 18k rose gold earring.
Pros of Rose Gold
- Ideal for wear by both sexes
- It is more affordable than other metals because it's mixed with copper, which is largely inexpensive.
- Copper is a strong compound. Therefore, earrings made of rose gold tend to be stronger than those made from yellow and white gold.
- Compliments all skin tones.
Cons of Rose Gold
- Rose gold is not considered a hypoallergenic metal and can therefore cause allergies.
The color you choose will largely depend on the style of earring and how well it compliments your skin tone. Still, it helps to understand these differences and what you will be getting from either color.
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