Made in different tones according to the type and amount of metal alloys used, yellow gold has a striking golden colour closest to pure gold. 18ct yellow gold has a rich and intense yellow tone, while 14ct gold has a subtler pale yellow tone.
Rose gold first gained popularity during the Victorian era, where the metal was associated with love, romance and undying passion. Also known as pink gold, the metal is made from an alloy of yellow gold, silver and copper, with the copper helping to create its delicate pink hue. Increasing the ratio of copper to silver enhances the intensity of its colour. The highest karat of rose gold is 22ct. 14ct rose gold consists of 58.5% pure gold and 41.5% copper and silver.
Two tone combinations, such as pairing the cool sheen of sterling silver with the warm lustre of 14ct gold, can create exquisite items of jewellery. The two metal alloys are bonded together through soldering, a process that requires the use of heat and a filler metal (solder) placed onto the sterling silver using a pair of tongs.