Yellow Gold

Gold


Gold rings have a remarkably storied tradition. Naturally found, gold (element Au) has been a constant in jewellery and human culture from the first and was one of the earliest identified metals. Favoured for its distinct yellow colour and strength it is also the most malleable of the precious metals.

 

Purity


Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel, and zinc to give it strength and durability. 

The carat (ct) is the measue of gold content.  We craft our jewellery using 18ct (composed of 75% gold and alloyed with other metals to make it strong enough for everyday wear), 14 ct (composed of 58.5% gold and 41.5% pure alloys) and 9ct (37.5% pure gold with the remaining being 62.5% alloy).

 

Characteristics


Often beginning as a simple gift between loved-ones or a mark of celebration, it is gold jewellery’s distinct resilience to deterioration that alongside the colour and design are its most appealing characteristic. 

Over the course of time then, the gold maintains its distinct yellow colour and can become an extraordinary heirloom whose heritage first rivals, and often comes to surpass, the gold’s own unique qualities.

Its malleability means gold is extremely easy to work. It can be beaten and stretched even when cold. One gram of gold can be transformed into a sheet measuring one metre squared.

 

Yellow Gold


Natural gold is mixed with alloys expertly chosen to both strengthen it and infuse warmth of colour, giving yellow gold jewellery its remarkable shine. 

We use copper to augument the red hues and silver for the greens. It is the mixture of these three (the pure gold, with the copper and silver) that gives this precious metal its vivid warmth.

 

Choosing the Carat


18ct Gold

 

The quintessential metal with high gold purity that is highly valued

 75.0% gold

A storied carat that has historically been favoured when choosing a metal to mark important celebrations.

Its malleabilty makes it extremely easy to work.

Simple to polish and repair

Rust and tarnishing resistant

18ct yellow gold is rich in colour

Has a traceable cultural heritage and best exemplifies the natural properties of gold that first fired the imaginations of alchemists and goldsmiths

14ct Gold

An extremely popular carat in fine jewellery

58.5% gold

Highly regarded by craftsmen and designers for its strength and resiliance

Less expensive than 18ct gold to produce and craft

Simple to polish and repair

Rust and tarnishing resistant

14ct Yellow gold is more modest in colour in comparison to 18ct

14ct Yellow Gold is the strongest and most durable of the yellow golds, with 18ct and 9ct being of relatively equal strength

(In the case of White Gold 18ct is the strongest, followed by 14ct, then 9ct)

9ct Gold

 A metal that produces a muted gold colour, giving the ring a more minimal aesthetic

37.5% gold

A contemporary metal that mutes the richness of higher carats in favour more discreet appearance, without diminishing the metal’s aura

Most inexpensive and accessible carat of gold

While retaining the awe and natural properties of this classic metal

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The Story of Annotated’s Education Collaboration 

Originally created by three friends at the University of Oxford looking for a different, but elegant way to celebrate and cherish their undergraduate memories,

This project goes back to the beginnings of the small design studio that preceded our company.

Since those earliest days, Annotated has stood for the idea that, by making things well, we could imbue our products with a sense of soul. You can feel it the moment you touch one of our Signet rings.

And being the children of university lecturers and teachers it was natural for us to combine this with the notion of celebrating education and studying for its own sake.

Over the years, the Annotated graduation ring has become our definition of one-of-a-kind and bespoke: completely made-to-order in collaboration with its owner and crafted by hand from precious metals.

Whether a graduand is someone who typically is interested in fine jewellery or not.

Please note, custom-made items cannot be returned but can be cancelled within seven days of order confirmation when production is still at an early stage.


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