Gold pieces of jewelry are known to India for thousands of years now. It has been a part of life on all occasions. While it is fair to say that Indians know better about gold, there is always something new to learn with changing times. Gold has varied purposes, and its versatility makes it the most demanded metal in India. Let us see some interesting factors that make gold jewelry so special:
Everyday Wear Gold Jewellery is Not Pure Gold
Gold purity is denoted in carats, and 24 carats are the purest form of gold. But jewelry is not always 24 carats. The reason being that 24 carats of pure gold are soft and prone to breakage. Also, it is not possible to set in the stonework on such soft gold. So yourare mixed with zinc, copper, nickel, or silver to make them strong. This amalgamation also affects the price of gold jewelry. The lower the percentage of gold, the lesser is the price. Gold jewelry, therefore, comes in 22K, 18K, 14K too.
Gold Has Colours
Yes, you read that right! Gold jewelry is available in three different colors- Yellow Gold, White Gold, and Rose Gold. The color of gold depends upon the alloy of other metals mixed with it and its percentage. Yellow gold often has a mixture of copper, silver, and pure gold, giving it the natural shine of gold. White gold has metal alloys of zinc, copper, manganese, or nickel that are silver/white color. Rose gold color is achieved by using a copper alloy.
Gold Jewelleries Need Maintenance
Daily wear of gold jewelry can lose its luster, and abrasions can be caused due to its exposure to chemicals. It is advisable to remove your jewelry while you take a dip in the chlorine water. However, some basic maintenance at home can keep your gold jewelry retain its luster for a long time. You can clean your and other gold jewelry with some warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can store them in a soft cloth bag or better use the original box when you aren’t wearing them.
Gold Jewelleries as Wealth
Indian families have at least 30-50% of their wealth in the form of gold jewelry. Gold jewelry is a status symbol in India, and it is considered that the more gold you own, the richer you are. This is why most Indian families tend to choose gold jewelry over Diamond or Platinum for their marriage.
Gold is Believed to be Auspicious
In India, gold is offered to Gods and Goddesses’ idols as it is believed to be an auspicious metal. The Tirupathi Temple in the South owns more than 20 tonnes of gold jewelry worth Rs. 1 lakh crore. This amount of gold was offered to the God of the temple. Some of the gold jewelry is old and dates back to the 12th century!