Solid Gold As opposed to Gold Overlay
Gold or gold overlay. Can you tell the difference?
Gold is today at a very high price. Gold has increased in value over the last decades by a very large margin.
Gold has become expensive to buy jewelry made from solid gold. In order to combat this many manufacturers have started to specialize in using less expensive metals, such as Silver, and then overlaying the article with a layer of Gold. The most popular is with 14ct Gold. This is because 14ct Gold is a mixture being more easy to use than 18 or 24 carat and also it is hard wearing enough to last rather than using 9ct.
Apart from any Hall mark on the item, it is very hard to notice any difference. The Overlay shines, feels and looks just as though it is Solid Gold.
Gold was used more than 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia, and has never lost its attraction. Gold is a symbol of divinity, used for religious objects. When used by royalty, gold would be used for the crowns and sceptres of kings and queens as an indication of extreme wealth. Gold’s gleam has adorned the necks of the richest men and women throughout history. Gold has been a valuable commodity for thousands of years.
The massive advantage is to the “pocket”. Gold Overlay is often less than Half the Price of Solid Gold.
This can make a large difference to the quality and value of the Gem stones used within the piece. You will often find that rare and expensive gems are used such as Diamonds, Tanzanite, Ruby, Arizona Sleeping beauty Turquoise and Emeralds to name just a few.
So the next time you are looking for a nice piece of jewelry then consider very carefully examining the virtue of buying Gold Overlay items.