Frequently Asked Questions
Why Does Gold Discolour?

You may think that faulty manufacturing or under-karating might be the problem when a ring turns, blackening or discolouring either the skin, clothing, or the jewellery itself. However, that is not the case.

The most common reason for jewellery turning is metallic abrasion, caused by make-up on skin or clothing. Cosmetics often contain compounds harder than the jewellery itself, which wear or rub off very tiny particles of the precious metals. Very finely divided metal always appears black, rather than metallic, so it looks like a jet-black dust. When this dust comes in contact with absorbant surfaces such as skin or clothing, it sticks, forming a black smudge.

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Which Karat is Harder?

Gold is gold and it is as hard as it is. Studies have shown that with all things being equal, the gold content of an alloy does not seem to affect its durability. What you are talking about are the alloys used in karated gold.

The three most common and abundant alloys we find in karated metals are silver, copper and nickel. There are other metals in small and trace amounts but the average person has little knowledge of them.  Among the three metals, nickel is the toughest and also the hardest, followed by copper and then silver. Nickel is found in white gold. Because of its bleaching effect and when added to yellow gold even in small amounts, it has a significant effect on the colour of the metal.

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