jewelry. Saturday , July 22nd , 2017 - 10:02:53 AM
Silver may not enjoy gold's popularity but it has been a part of human history for as long, as a medium of currency and ornament. Its mention in the Bible's Book of Genesis indicates silver's use by man as early as 4,000 BC. Also in the Bible, Judas of Iscariot is infamous for betraying Jesus Christ to the Romans for thirty pieces of silver. In jewelry, silver has seen a marked resurgence in popularity in recent times. Silver jewelry is traditionally made from sterling silver, an alloy of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper.
Gold has been used, and revered, since 5,000 BC. The earliest civilizations measured their worth in gold. Gold drove adventurers to exotic lands, from the Spanish conquistadors in the 15th century to the San Francisco 49ers 400 years later. Even today, it is the most popular material for expensive jewelry. Since pure gold is soft and unsuitable for jewelry, it is mixed with some other metal, usually copper. The resultant alloy's purity is graded in karats (k), which is equivalent to 1/24th purity by mass. Therefore 24k gold is 99.9% pure, 22k gold is 91.6%, 18k gold is 75% pure, etc. American gold jewellery, to be classified as such, must be of at least 10K or 41.7% pure gold.
Bridal crystal jewelry is also gaining popularity recently. Beadwork on wedding dresses can add luster and shine to your special occasion. You can thus make your wedding dress a valuable keepsake.
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