What types of gold are there?

As a prominent herts essex gold buyer I am always being asked various questions during conversation with my customers and this is not an unusual subject matter at all! “What types of gold are out there?”

A Yellow, White and Rose gold wedding ring.


Essentially it is the purity of Gold that stands out first when pondering gold! Pure gold is pure gold. An example is petrol which has been refined to an established standard or distilled water which has been distilled to an approved standard, the result is the same. The only variation is in the standard to which the petrol or gold in this case has been refined. The varying value of gold suggests this. Also certain additives during the design and manufacturing process can change the colour of the gold to shades of yellow, white, rose and green believe it or not! On the subject of green gold the green colour, like rose gold, is very subtle. Green gold is best described as yellow gold with an ever so slightly greenish hint not a grass green if you like. Green gold is most noticeable when it is used in a piece of jewellery next to areas of yellow, white, and rose gold.

A green and rose gold bracelet.


Rose gold is a rich red colour of gold produced, typically, in Victorian and Edwardian times. With an antique ring for example, it was often made with a platinum setting soldered onto an 18ct yellow gold shank, nowadays white gold is more fashionable to some (lucky!) people as diamonds tend to look superior against white.

You often see jewellery which has a selection of different coloured gold within it and maybe different carats of gold. There are numerous practises for combining precious metals, though they are not generally seen in this country because they cannot be hallmarked (you cannot have a selection of hallmarks on one item). Some examples are: layering and rolling layers of platinum and different coloured gold, similar to rolling different colours of Plasticine in your hand; fine wires made of a mixture of platinum and 18ct strands; inlaying a wire of one colour onto a background of another (e.g. an initial or logo on cufflinks); rolling layers of different metals then removing parts of the top layer (by engraving or etching with acid) to reveal the colour below. This can be a gold buyer’s nightmare as I have experienced! Subsequently if you come across these types of gold as the only way to separate the different metals is by hand if possible or in most cases by assay testing which is a process that can separate gold and alloy.

Are there any other types of Gold?

The brief answer is no. For instance, how does Welsh gold differ from Indian or Persian gold? Basically it doesn't. There is definitely no way of telling one from the other. So why is Welsh gold 'worth' so much more than other gold? The cash for gold price is exactly the same as any other gold, but the product (jewellery) being sold is not really just 'gold' but also a dreamy image of rare Welsh gold if you like.

I do hope you have found this article informative and welcome any questions or comments!

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