As the most in-demand precious metal in the world, gold is a long-term financial investment as well as a valuable family heirloom. Versatile and durable, gold is widely employed in jewellery. In particular, gold rings. With such a large variety of gold jewellery available, choosing a gold ring can seem like a complicated and onerous task, when it should be a fun and exciting endeavour. Therefore, knowing what to look for when buying gold rings is extremely beneficial to ensure you make the right choice. Here are some key factors to consider before you take the plunge. What is a carat? When referring to gold, a carat is the measure of purity. Gold in its purest form is actually very soft, making it not ideal for everyday use. For this reason, it is usually mixed with other metals, such as copper, nickel, and zinc, for strength and durability. When it comes to carats, the higher the carat, the purer the gold. And the purer the gold, the higher the price tag. So, your budget and how often/when you intend to wear gold rings will determine the most suitable carat for you. 24ct – pure gold, ideal for minimal wear due to its softness and propensity to dent/scratch18ct – 75% gold, a very popular carat, wearable under most conditions9ct – 37.5% gold, highly durable, less prone to damage What is a quality gold ring? When researching gold rings, you should be aware there are different levels of quality, and it will depend on how much gold and which other metals are utilised in the construction. The mix of metals when combined with gold is called an alloy. This alloy mix determines the quality, colour, and durability of the ring, so you need to be aware of what makes up your ring to work out if it’s a quality piece. Silver alloy – creates pale colour in gold rings, provides strength and scratch-resistance, less expensive than platinumCooper alloy – offers durability but may react with perspiration and leave a green residueNickel alloy – commonly used in gold rings but higher concentrations can cause allergic reactions What colour gold is best? There are many different colours of gold rings to choose from, each with its own merits. However, the three most common colours you will find are: yellow gold – historically the most popular colour, most hypoallergenic, versatile, can be easily damagedwhite gold – mix of yellow gold and other metals to create the white colour, less expensive than platinum, more durable than yellow goldrose gold – more affordable due to the use of silver and copper alloys, hardy and long-wearing, may cause allergic reactions High-quality gold rings in Melbourne At Catanach’s Jewellers, our master jewellers use only the highest quality materials in crafting our unique jewellery. We offer the most stunning selection of gold rings in Melbourne, or if you have a specific design in mind, we can create your dream bespoke piece. So, when you want the finest gold rings on the market, contact Catanach’s Jewellers today and chat with our creative team!