There are numerous reasons for its popularity and we are going to discuss some of the prominent ones in this article. According to the old saying “All that glitters is not gold”, gold has a unique shine and glitter of its own which makes it stand apart from others. In the purest form it is very skin-friendly. Unlike other metals like iron or aluminum it does not react when exposed to other elements, in turn accumulation of residue is avoided that even people who are prone to metal allergies can wear gold jewellery without any worries.
Goldsmiths or craftsmen too favour working with gold when making jewellery designs as it allows them to come up with any shape of their choice without much effort buy gold in dubai . Since gold is a versatile metal, it enables creating even thin gold strands which are hard to sever. Experts in this field approve the fact that even a small quantity of gold like one ounce after hammering can produce a very slim sheet spanning ten square feet. Isn’t it wonderful?
But, gold in its purest form is very malleable and hence might not be suitable to create jewellery designs that are intended to be worn daily. For this reason small quantity of copper is added to it. The percentage of copper added to gold can be understood by looking at the mark made on the jewellery design. When a jewel is made of pure gold without any metal additions it would have a 24k mark and when it contains 2 parts of copper it has a 22k mark on it. The same is applicable for 18k, 16k and 14k gold which denotes that it has 6 parts of copper and 18 parts gold, 8 parts of copper and 16 parts of gold and 10 part of copper and 14 parts of gold respectively.
Since gold prices are sky-rocketing, various adulteration processes continue to happen. Some gold jewellers follow practices that tend to adulterate gold accidentally while some do it deliberately. Whatever might be the case, a person without much knowledge about gold and its making can get cheated easily and might be forced to pay more than its actual worth. To curb such practices and to protect consumers, Indian government has made the BIS hallmarking scheme a compulsory one. This is because hallmarking determines the actual quality and proportionate of gold content in a jewellery design. Such jewellery items even if sold at a later date would fetch good returns without any value diminution.
Don’t underestimate how important it is to make sure that you choose body jewellery which has a suitable wearable area.
Barbells are commonly used in eyebrow, tongue, cartilage and nipple piercings. The wearable area of a barbell is the length of the bar between the balls – not the length of the whole piece of jewellery. If your barbell is curved, for example for your eyebrow or PA piercing, you need to measure the space between the balls at its shortest point (the inside of the curve). A barbell shouldn’t fit so tightly that the balls press into the skin – there needs to be a bit of room for movement.
Labret studs (and their pal the monroe stud) are used in various locations of lip piercings and are often also worn in tragus piercings. The wearable area of a labret/monroe stud this is the length of the stem between the ball and the disc.
Ball Closure Rings (BCR’s) are a different kettle of fish (fish – piranha – fish! Get it!). The wearable area of a BCR is the internal diameter of the ring. Same goes for circular barbells and segment rings. The larger the gauge of the ring, the more important it is for you to get this right – otherwise you will end up with a piece of jewellery that could be a canny big bigger than you were expecting! Owch!
Some types of jewellery don’t really have an option to choose from, such as nose studs and body spirals, which are a law unto themselves and are both pretty flexible and universal in terms of their fitting.
Ear stretching jewellery divvied up into plugs/tunnels and expanders/tapers. Lets deal with plugs/tunnels first. They are pretty much the same externally, but the important bit is whether you are looking at a saddle or a flare. A saddle has a bit more flexibility in its wearable area as it doesn’t come to an abrupt halt like a flare. However, you dont want your ear to be hanging over the edge of your saddle to be too prominent! Some flares can be pretty squared off, particularly acrylic/surgical steel and screw fit styles. Either way, the true wearable area for plugs and tunnels is the measurement from the front to the back (not the gauge as many people assume). Many styles wont offer you an option, whereas some brands, such as Kaos Softwear, offer a number of wearable areas to choose from. Generally the wearable area will get smaller as the gauge increases.