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jewelry was worn as long ago as 2500 BC in what is present-day Iraq. The
Egyptians, too, loved their gold. The tomb of King Tut contains numerous
pieces of solid gold pieces embedded with precious stones. Throughout the
centuries, the rich and powerful have adorned themselves with gold jewelry as
a symbol of power and wealth. These days, gold can be a part of a royal
coronation or the body jewelry of a free-spirited university student. Gold is
always in style.
Gold comes in varying degrees of purity. 24 karat indicates pure gold. 18
karat gold consists of 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one additional metal. The
purity of gold diminished down to 10 karat, which consists of 10 parts gold
and 14 parts of other metals.
Pure gold is the most valuable, but it is very soft and pliable and therefore
not practicable for jewelry. That is the reason most gold jewelery is 18 karat
Gold jewelry will accessorize almost any outfit, although common sense should
be used when wearing jewelery during the day. For gold jewelry that will last
for generations, the highest quality gold is recommended. Gold jewelery that
is gold platted or gold filled will eventually lose its gold layer. This kind
of gold jewelry should only be worn occasionally.
White gold is a mixture of gold and one white metal, usually nickel or
palladium. The purity of white gold is given in karats, like any other gold
In 1983, a gang of robbers pulled off the “robbery of the century” by bursting
into a Brinks warehouse near Heathrow and making off with three tons of gold.
Some of the gold has since been recovered. Some of the robbers are behind
bars. But much of the heist was melted down and turned into jewelry in an
effort to disguise its origin. Despite the efforts of the police, most of the
gold will never be recovered. Some people, however, believe that anyone
wearing gold jewelry bought after 1983 is wearing Brinks loot.
That would be quite an interesting legacy to leave the grandchildren.
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