9ct gold is a versatile material that can be used in many jewellery applications, including rings and pendants. It comes in three main colours, yellow, white and rose gold, with yellow being the truest shade to its original form. 9ct gold combines the classic appearance of gold with cheaper production, allowing the precious metal to be adorned by people throughout the globe. It is a good introductory precious metal for children, but is equally popular with adults, who understand that larger pieces can be made from the metal for less financial outlay than a smaller gold jewellery item made of 18ct gold.
What is 9ct gold?
9ct gold is seen as a modern metal, but it might surprise you to know that it was actually first hallmarked in the UK in 1854, and has remained popular ever since. It is made using a mixture of silver, gold and copper in varying degrees to give the gold its colour. To be classified as 9ct gold, the final metal must have 37.5% pure gold in it. The other precious metals used in the mix determine the durability of the jewellery item. Gold is a soft metal, whereas silver is harder than it, and copper close behind. These are used to transform the gold into a workable metal suitable for cutting, forming and wearing without damage.