At RH Jewellers we stock a selection of high quality second-hand jewellery, including unique pre-owned pendants and necklaces. Available in rose gold, white gold, yellow gold and 9ct gold; our beautiful collection of necklaces caters to all ages and tastes.
Yes, 19K gold contains real gold - it is 79.2% pure gold and the rest is a blend of other metals. It is relatively new to the jewellery market so cannot be found in every jewellery store. 18K and 14K are more common carats of jewellery.
18ct gold is 75% pure gold and 25% other metals whilst 9ct gold has a content of 37.5% pure gold and 62.5% other metals. 18ct gold contains more pure gold metal than 9ct gold and so is more valuable. However, this doesn’t mean that it is better. Each has different properties; 9ct is harder wearing than 18ct for example.
18ct gold is excellent quality. It is 18 parts pure gold (or 75% pure) which means that it is more valuable but a softer metal than 9ct gold. However, it is extremely durable, with a beautiful appearance. It does not tarnish, corrode and is considered hypoallergenic.
Any item made over 100 years ago is referred to as antique. Periods over 100 years ago include the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau eras. Much jewellery was produced in the late Victorian period, jewellery made before then can be harder to come by.
Vintage and antique jewellery pieces can be worth a lot of money because they are often one of a kind items that can be hard to find, especially from certain eras. Of all the historical periods, jewellery from Georgian times can be one of the most desirable, even paste items which were popular throughout the era can be very valuable. . Condition, craftmanship, rarity, metal and gemstone content and weight all count towards value.
The best type of gold chain is one that has a strong and sturdy link with a decent clasp fitted. When purchasing a gold chain, it is worth considering the type of link, length, weight, design and the carat of gold. If you’re buying a second hand chain, take a careful look at the links to make sure that they’re not too worn and ensure that the clasp is in good condition so that it stays safely around your neck.