+ WHAT IS WHITE GOLD ?

In order to understand white gold we must first understand “Karat Pure gold is mixed with metals to create the 10KT, 14KT, and 18KT white gold used in jewellery. To create white gold, pure gold is alloyed with copper, nickel, and zinc, which lends it the white colour and add durability needed for jewellery making. After melting the metals together the newly formed white gold maintains a slight yellow cast . To offset the yellow tint, white gold jewellery is plated with a precious white metal rhodium.

+ WHAT IS ROSE OR PINK GOLD?

Rose gold, or pink gold is created by alloying pure 24KT gold with copper. Pure 24KT gold is a rich yellow colour by nature and copper exhibits red tones. By melting the two metals together the result is karat gold with a pink rosy tint. In addition to copper, silver is sometimes added to give the metal more workable properties and durability.

Typically, 18KT rose gold will consist of 75% pure gold mixed with 25% copper, and 14KT rose gold will consist of 58.5% pure gold with 41.5% copper silver alloy.

+ WHAT KARAT GOLD IS BEST?

Karat is a term used to indicate gold purity. Pure gold is 24 karats. The legal standard is to stamp gold jewellery with markings such as 10KT, 14KT and 18KT. The Karat stamp indicates the purity of the metal. The number preceding the KT marking indicates how many parts out of 24 are pure gold. The alloys mixed with gold are added to control durability, colour and the cost of fine jewellery.

If you desire strong yellow colour from your jewellery, 18 karat gold will give you the richest yellow appearance. The disadvantage to 18kt is that it is not as durable or cost efficient as 14kt. Opinions vary about the most desirable karat from culture to culture. 14kt has become the most popular gold used in diamond jewellery today due to its cost and durability

+ WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHILE PURCHASING A DIAMOND?

While making a Diamond purchase, you need to keep in mind the key characteristics in a Diamond, the 4C´s: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. Generally, the best quality Diamonds are those with maximum brilliance which is determined by the cut of the Diamond and the absence of any yellowish tinge in the case of colorless Diamonds. Carat, which is the weight of the Diamond, is most often a matter of personal taste.

+ HOW DO I CLEAN MY JEWELLERY?

Gold and Diamond jewellery can be cleaned with hot water, a mild detergent and a soft bristled toothbrush to help clean around stones. It is important that you thoroughly rinse your jewellery after cleaning with hot water.

Special Care needs to be taken for Polki and Kundan jewellery. We recommended getting Polki and Kundan jewellery cleaned from a reputable Jeweller.

+ HOW LONG DOES THE FINISH LAST ON MY JEWELLERY?

All precious metals will wear over time; Polished finishes will dull down; satin finishes will shine up. This is perfectly normal and expected in everyday wear when your jewellery comes into contact with object harder than themselves. Time frames for this depend on the item and the wearer. We are always happy to refinish your jewellery, please contact us at any time to arrange.

+ CAN YOU RE-MODEL AND/OR RECYCLE EXISTING JEWELLERY?

Yes! We are happy to advise you about the possibilities, please make an appointment to see us in store.

+ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KARAT AND CARAT?

There is often confusion between the terms Carat and Karat or CT and KT.

Karat is a term used to indicate gold purity. In many countries it is a legal standard to stamp gold jewellery with markings such as 10KT, 14KT and 18KT. The Karat stamp indicates the purity of the metal. Pure gold is 24 karats so the number preceding the KT marking indicates how many parts out of 24 are pure gold. For example, 14KT indicates that there are 14 units of pure gold mixed with 10 units of other metal. These alloys are added to control durability, colour and cost of fine jewellery.

Carat is a unit of weight used to measure diamonds and precious gemstones. In ancient times traders used carob seeds on balance scales to determine the weight of gemstones. As time passed the term carob evolved into the word carat and an exact weight was assigned. In modern times the carat is equal to 1/5 of a gram. A carat is broken down into 100 units known as points. Stones that weigh less than 1 carat are indicated by a decimal point. An example is that a half carat stone weighs .50ct.

+ WHAT IS A CLUSTER SETTING?

In jewellery the term “cluster” refers to any group of gemstones set in a prong cluster.

+ What are GIA, AGS and IGI diamond certificates?

A Gemological Institute of America (GIA), American Gem Society (AGS), or International Gemological Institute (IGI) diamond certificate assures the value and quality of your diamond. GIA, AGS and IGI are the gold standard in diamond grading. Their reports detail key characteristics of each diamond.

+ Are the gemstones used in your jewelry natural or synthetic?

Every gemstone used in our jewelry was mined from the earth. We do not sell synthetic or lab created gemstones.

+ Do the 18k white gold rings turn yellow over time?

Yes, very slightly. In order to give 18kt White Gold a pure white color, it is plated with rhodium. This is a standard practice for 14kt and 18kt White Gold jewelry. Over time, the rhodium plating may wear off. When that occurs, the true color of the white gold (a slightly buttery off-white) will appear.

+ What are conflict-free diamonds?

Conflict-free diamonds are gems that were not obtained due to human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation.

At Talwar Jewellery House, we make sure that our customers receive conflict-free diamonds. We only purchase polished diamonds from professional members of the diamond trade.

We have contracts with our suppliers that guarantee that their diamonds are conflict-free. When you shop at James Allen, you can be certain that your diamonds are coming from the most reputable providers.

+ What are GIA and IGI diamond certificates?

A Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or International Gemological Institute (IGI) diamond certificate assures the value and quality of your diamond. GIA and IGI are the gold standard in diamond grading. Their reports detail key characteristics of each diamond.

+ What are the "Four C's"?

The Four C's - Carat (size), Color, Clarity and Cut - are the industry grade standard from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Every diamond is specifically graded on these features.

+ What is "Cut"?

A diamond's cut determines how effectively it returns light to the viewer's eye: a well-cut diamond appears brilliant and fiery, while poorly cut stones look dark and lifeless. Well-cut diamonds often appear larger than stones of the same carat weight. To learn more about cuts, click here.

+ What does the term "eye clean" mean?

"Eye-Clean" is a term used to describe a diamond that is clean to an unaided eye in a face-up position from a distance of 8 to 10 inches. Diamonds of VS2 or higher in quality will usually be eye-clean. Diamonds of SI1, SI2 and I1 need to be visually inspected to determine whether any inclusions are visible from the top. We can inspect any diamond at no charge.