Gold Body Piercing Jewellery
History of wearing Gold as jewellery
We have been wearing gold since man discovered the gold sparkling nuggets running over the streams and rivers across the world, one of the first records dates back to 3100BC where the first Egyptian dynasty traded in gold and silver. From kings to the poor almost everyone in today's modern society has or is wearing gold jewellery in some form. At Karma Se7en we sell 9ct Gold and 14ct (also known as 9k or 14k) Gold Body Piercing jewellery, withdesigns for facial piercings to belly bar jewellery set with CZ's and genuine gemstones.
The difference between 9ct Gold & 14ct Gold
The difference between 9ct and 14ct gold is 9ct gold contains 37.5% pure gold (375 parts per thousand parts) and 14ct gold contains 58.5% per gold (585 parts per thousand parts). There is a 1000 parts, 14ct gold makes up 585 parts of pure gold and the rest is a combination of alloys which is why you see white gold or red gold.
As the pure gold content goes up the retail price increase, 9ct is always cheaper than 14ct if you compare two pieces of jewellery which are identical, this is because there is more pure gold in 14ct. The higher proportion of gold content the softer gold becomes, it would be very difficult to produce 18ct or 22ct for gold body jewellery due to there be more pure gold which makes the jewellery a lot softer and unsuitable for piercing jewellery. 9 carat and 14 carat are perfect for body jewellery, wedding rings, chains and earrings as the gold is much harder and is much more durable.
Gold jewellery in different parts of the world is also available in 10ct (417 parts pure gold per thousand parts), 22ct and even 100% pure gold, also known as 24ct which is 100% pure gold. One of the most common reasons for different nationalities wearing varying degrees of gold purity jewellery is due to historical reasons or ancestral issues, not because one is better than the other.
Gold Hallmarks and Stamps
Gold is stamped by the UK Assay Office so that the wearer can identify what purity the gold is.
Current Hallmark Symbols are:
9ct - 375
14ct - 575
18ct - 750
22ct - 916
As well as the stamp indicting what carat the gold is you will also see the sponsor's mark. This shows the person or company responsible for sending the article to the Assay Office. The sponsor may be the manufacturer, retailer, or importer. Without these marks you should question the authenticity of the jewellery you are wearing. There are 4 assay offices in the UK which are London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh. Each assay office also has its own stamp or logo which is found on hallmarked jewellery, this indicates what assay office the jewellery was hallmarked at. Any precious metal which is to be described as gold, silver or platinum must be hallmarked. The exception is any gold jewellery which weighs less than 1 gram does not need a hallmark.
Karma Se7en Gold Body Jewellery
At Karma Se7en we manufacture and retail both 9ct yellow, 14ct yellow, as well as 14ct white gold for our body jewellery. Yellow gold has been by far the most popular choice but white gold is now becoming more and more favourable amongst our customers. When gold is mined, the final product is 24 carat and sold as bullion, the traditional gold bars we are so used to seeing. 9ct yellow gold is a mixture of pure gold and alloys of copper and zinc. 14ct white gold is a mixture of pure gold and some white metals like silver and palladium. Recently, nickel has now being used less and less as it causes allergies with-in certain people, gold is now nickel free and has been replaced by palladium. Unlike yellow gold which does scratch white gold does not, this and the colour is one of the main attractions to its ever increasing popularity. While yellow gold and white gold have different metal alloy mixtures, white gold being slightly more expensive due to this, both have and remain popular choices with-in our body jewellery ranges.