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We present a small selection of the questions we have received from internet surfers worldwide:-

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Please, I'd like to know about the names of wedding aniversary, for example: gold aniversary (50 years), silver aniversary (25 years)...
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank in advance.
Helen, São Paulo Brasil A
Dear Helen, If you take a look at our other website:-
www.24carat.co.uk
Then Click
Information - Frequently Asked Jewellery Questions - Anniversaries
You will find a complete list of anniversaries.
Regards, Lawrence Chard


Q
My friend is looking a ring for her boyfriend who lives near London England. He takes size X or Y in the UK sizes. But what she needs to know is what is that size equal to a size in Canada?
We'd both be really grateful if you can help us ASAP.
thank you
Linda B., fraser lake bc canada A
Dear Linda,
If you go back to our site:
then click
Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Ring Finger Sizes
you will find a complete international finger size conversion chart.
Of course I hope you are going to buy the ring from an expert jeweller (us for example!)
Hope this helps. Regards,
Lawrence Chard
Q
What is rose gold? What is green gold?
Jessie J., Wa, USA A
Dear Jessie,
The answers to your questions are already on our website!
If you reload our site:-
http://www.18carat.co.uk
and then click
Information
Frequently Asked Jewellery Questions
What is Rose Gold?
What is Green Gold?
You will find the answers.
Q In what order should youwear your ringsi.e. wedding ,engagemntand eternity on the same finger?
R.F., England

A Dear R.
Wear them in any order you wish.
The most traditional order is wedding ring first, many people never remove them, followed by eterntiy ring (which is really a "dress" or "best" wedding ring), then the engagement ring.
Many people alter this order depending on the design of the rings, and their own personal preference.
Jewellery exists for the pleasure of the wearer, not the other way round.
Hope this helps. Regards, Lawrence Chard


Q I've never seen 18 Carat White gold yet your article suggests it exists. Why then in jewelry stores do they always seem (to me) to have 10 and 14 carat white gold, but 18 carat gold rings with silver always have platinum as the silver color. I thought maybe it required more than 25% other metal to get a nice silver color, but your article refutes that too.
By the way nice website.
Lee L., California, USA

A Dear Lee,
10 karat and 14 karat are cheaper and not as good as 18 carat. You need to look in better jewellers! It's the same in this country. Thanks for your kind comments about our website.
Regards, Lawrence Chard Q
I am looking for the test methodology to look for nickel content and nickel release in Jewellery. Hope you can help.
Thankyou
J.D., Great Britain
A
Dear Jonathan
Any of the 4 assay offices should be able to help you. Try Sheffield, Tel: 0114-2755111


Hello
I wonder if you could help me. A jeweller near me is selling a pair of earrings which he says could be Alexandrite, set in 18 carat gold. I don't know why I feel this but the setting seems middle eastern in design - although subtle. He is charging only £180 which makes me very suspicious, although he says that he hasn't tested them. Surely he would have done so, particularly if testing for authenticity is fairly simple. I am going to have another look at them tonight although I don't intend to make a decision yet as I want to make sure that I put the birthday money I have received from my father to good use, but could you give me any ideas how I could, as a layman test whether they are corundum?
I would really appreciate your advice.
Many thanks
V. S.

Hello
Further to my email yesterday regarding checking Alexandrites, don't bother to reply to it as I did a bit more research and when I went back to the jewellers, I carried out some light tests and checked them through a glass. Pretty sure I saw tiny air bubbles, so reckon they were synthetic corundum.
Many thanks anyway.
V. S.

Glad to hear you found the answer.
Usually if the offer sounds too good to be true, then it isn't true!
There are some good books on gem testing, when we get chance, we will put a review or list of them on the site.
LC


Lawrence
Thanks for your replpy, I did'nt mean to take up any of your time. I was just looking for a quick guestimation, to see if it was going to be worth my time to get a more acquire valuation thank you
R. W.
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Enquiry begins:: What does 14KT GE UNCLAD mean? It is stamped inside a ring we have
S.G., Ohio, USA A
Dear Shelly,
The 14KT stands for 14 carat (karat in the US and Canada) gold. We do not know what the GE or UNCLAD mean. You should ask the people who sold you the ring!
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Q
I am wondering why you have this web site ?, and what is the point point you are making.
I know all about Mr Ratner, and and the crap statement, and it was taken out of all context by the papers and now you. I worked for the Ratners for over twenty years, perhaps i can fill you in on all the details that led upto that comment.
joe.
A
Dear Joe,
I am still waiting for the further information you half promised in your e-mail, to which I replied several weeks ago.
By the way, I don't consider that I quoted GR out of context.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Regards,
Lawrence Chard
Dear 24 carat,
Congratulations to your Website; very informative and easy to use.
I am currently in Australia on a working holiday; got some money saved, which I would like spend on jewellery. This would be an investment with possible easy selling in few years time when cash needed.
Question: opal or diamond? Which one keeps its value better? Are they better buy here than in Europe?
Yours sincerely,
Mr. A. C., Adelaide, Australia
How much means one carat versus kilogramo?
a. r., mexico city
How long does Rhodium Plating last on a 14 karat "white gold" ring?
Dawn M., WV, USA
Dear Sir,
I am a jeweler in mauritius. I would like to know weather the alloy of 16k,18k,22k ect can made by acid. It is the only theory or not.Please mail me for this small enquire thanks.
SUMODHEE, MAURITIUS
As I noticed that the color of platinum is similar to white gold or silver. How can I distinguish them?
Is it true that the pure platinum will be soft like pure gold? Can the jeweler really make ring from pure platinum? If not, what is the appropriate purity for making platinum (wedding) ring ? (with out diamond)
What about the appearance of the platinum ring ( after several years of wearing) ? Will it be scratch or scrape and leave the mark on the surface of the platinum ring easity?
Thank you for your kindness to answer my questions.
Prateep W., Thailand
What amounts are needed to obtain 14 k white gold alloys with palladium and nickel?
D. F., Mexico
Looking for help in advertising in uk for qualified jeweller. We market similar goods to you and are desperate for good jewellers. Limited supply in oz. Could you point me in the right direction. Pleeese.
Thank you in anticipation.
Graham T., Australia
What is the cubic volume of an ounce of gold?
Dan H., WI., USA
how do you determaine value of white gold and is it worth spending money on
Jack, New York
how does one take care of white gold jewellery ? ie cleaning or polishing methods so it keeps its lustre.
May, Singapore
Q
My partner recently bought me a diamond from the South African mines whilst he was on holiday there. The diamond is .37 ct and is graded colour G and clarity VVS 2. It came with a certificate.
I have been told by a local jeweller that he can by the same quality stone (i.e. G and VVS1 at the same size)for £250. He didn't see my diamond, but was just commenting that he can buy them for that price. I was horrified as my partner paid far more than this for the stone!
I realise that you are unable to price a diamond you haven't seen but I would be very grateful if you could give me some indication how much a stone like it would cost. I have checked a couple of American web sites, but obviously, the pirces would be different over there anyway.
Please don't worry that I will be disappointed with your reply! The fact is that the diamond is really beautiful and I love it anyway! I will just have to resign myself to the fact that it's worth much less than my partner paid for it if that is the case!!!!
I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help.
Kindest regards
Lynne H., England
A
Dear Lynne,
While we are thinking about your question, how much did yur partner pay for the ring, this will make it easier to comment.
Regards, Lawrence Chard
Hi
I sent you an enquiry yesterday from your web page regarding a diamond bought for me by my partner. I was unsure of the certificate that came with the diamond, but I have since found a site (under construction I'm afraid) with details on about the certificate I have. I thought you may be able to give me better advice if you were able to see the site - that way, you know exactly where the diamond came from, and have full knowledge of the certificate. It states that it is the official certificate of South African Diamonds and also says that it is the accepted equivalent of the GIA one. You'll know better no doubt!
The URL is: www.offtheweb.com/thesource/diamonds/djcerthb.htm
Incidentally, I'm really impressed with your web site. It's extremely informative.
Thanks for your help - I really appreciate it! (Can't say I'll feel the same if you tell me the diamond is worth about 50 quid though :))))
Lynne H., England
Hi
Thanks for replying.
The diamond was not in a ring, it was just a diamond on it's own!
I'm not absolutely certain what price my partner paid for it (and please don't think it matters if it's not worth as much as he paid!). I believe it was in the region of £700.
Hope you can give me some indication.. I really don't expect you to be able to give accurate information via e mail.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Lynne
Hi Lawrence
I spoke to my partner last night about the diamond and I have a little further information for you.
He was told that by buying a diamond from the mines meant he was getting it far cheaper and that the diamond would be worth far more than he had paid for it.. particularly as in Europe, diamonds were more expensive anyway. He was under the impression it was worth at least double. He realises that this may not be the case!! We've seen similar diamonds for sale at much higher prices though.. so it's intrigued us!
I'm not telling you this so that you feel you have to give me a high price on the diamond Lawrence! Please don't think that I am!!! I realise it may be worth less.
As I said in my previous mails... the diamond is really gorgeous and I love it. That's all that matters I guess.
I wrote to you because when I saw your web site, I got the impression that the diamond was quite a good colour and clarity.
I look forward to hearing from you.... thanks again!
Lynne,
Will appreciate if you can furnished me the design and material required to make a mould for a gold ring, and where to get it. Thanking you in advance.
W. K. L., Malaysia
I have made two 14k gold alloys: one is quite yellow: 58.5% gold, 27% silver, and 14.5% copper.
The other has a softer color tending toward a bronze. It is 58.5% gold, 14.5% silver, and 27% copper.
I like the first alloy, but it seems brittle. Is there a better alloy of 14k yellow gold? I notice that some gold alloys contain zinc. What does the zinc do?
What will make an alloy more ductile, and malleable?
S. R. R., Oregon, USA
How do u take care of 18 K white gold jewellery ? My piece has is not as lustrous as before, is there any way to restore the shine such as polishing and if so, with what agent ?
W.M. L., Singapore
What causes 14k white gold to turn dark grey and not longer shiny? It looks kind of tarnished. I have another white gold ring and neklace that has stayed perfectly shiny and white. Could this happen if they did not put a rhodium plating on.
Jen, IL, USA
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I recently purchased a 14k white gold ring and it keeps turning yellow. Several jewelers stated that white gold can't turn yellow, it can errode but not turn yellow. They said if it is turning yellow it is probably yellow gold with a rhodium finish. My jeweler denies this. However, he did do a rhodium finish to solve this problem but now, 2 months later it's turning yellow again. Can you tell me if white gold can turn into yellow gold?
T.H., New Jersey, USA
A
Dear Terrie, Have you read the FAQ pages on our site? If you go to:- http://www.18carat.co.uk then click information Frequently Asked Jewellery Questions The 2 pages:- What is White Gold and Where Does It Come From? Why Does White Gold Turn Yellow? Should be interesting for you!
how do you determaine value of white gold and is it worth spending money on
Jack, newyork
how does one take care of white gold jewellery ? ie cleaning or polishing methods so it keeps its lustre
May, Singapore
Hi
I sent you an enquiry yesterday from your web page regarding a diamond bought for me by my partner. I was unsure of the certificate that came with the diamond, but I have since found a site (under construction I'm afraid) with details on about the certificate I have. I thought you may be able to give me better advice if you were able to see the site - that way, you know exactly where the diamond came from, and have full knowledge of the certificate. It states that it is the official certificate of South African Diamonds and also says that it is the accepted equivalent of the GIA one. You'll know better no doubt!
LH


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