Gold has been the most legendary metal in the history of decorative arts and jewelry. Its brilliant golden color, just like rays of sun, has had all cultures fascinated for centuries. The Aztecs for example called it " Teocuitatl" which means extract of the gods.
|Aztec gold coin|
King Ferdinand of Spain ordered the conquistadors to bring more gold rather than to conquer land, and the Egyptians considered it a sacred metal, divine and indestructible. This is due to their belief that the bodies of their gods and goddesses were made of pure gold. They even show it in their hieroglyphs in 2600 BC.
I love gold because it is a metal that shows its natural beauty immediately. Its golden shine and the reflection of the light against it makes it the best metal for jewelry making.
One of its principal properties is that it is incredibly malleable, which allows you to make different types of jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, rings, amulets, pendants and bangles. You can also find it in coins, chalices and other decorative pieces.
In its natural state gold is 24 carats. Since its so soft, it is alloyed with other metals such as silver, cooper or platinum so it becomes 18 carats. This is the preferred type used for jewelry, because it becomes stronger.
|Gorgeous rings from my "Wanderlust" collection,|
in all three shades of gold, rose, yellow and white.
Gold also comes in 10, 14, and 22 carats, and can be found in different tones such as yellow, white and rose gold. It is measured in grams, and it is priced using the Troy Ounce, which is the equivalent of 31.10 grams.
Transforming gold into a piece of fine jewelry is simply fascinating, and combining it with precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires is simply a gift of nature. The magic that this marvelous metal posses has made it a part of all civilizations, and even a part of histories most memorable moments. Gold is, without a doubt, the king of all metals.