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Tips On Buying Gold Body Jewelry

Jan 15, 2008
Gold body jewelry and gold belly button rings are increasingly popular women's jewelry accessories. Gold body jewelry in particular is highly desirable, symbolizing abundance and prosperity. Before you purchase gold body jewerly or gold belly button rings, make sure you know how to choose and what to look for.

How do you know your gold body jewelry is really gold? It's worth spending a little time to understand how you can make sure your gold body jewelry is pure, and not a substandard piece.

The first aspect to consider with body jewelry is karat content. You never want to buy body jewelry less than 18 karat gold. Lesser karat content, like 14k gold, means you'll run the risk of a body jewelry allergy, which are discomforting at best and downright painful at worst.

Usually this occurs because the gold used for body jewelry is an alloy that contains other metals in addition to gold. Often, gold body jewelry is only plated with gold; such jewelry should never be used in piercings even if the piercing is healed.

If your gold body jewelry is only gold plated, it's best to look for another option. Most gold plated body jewelry contains a high percentage of nickel, which gives you a higher risk for allergic as we've discussed.

Since gold in its natural state is quite soft, it's very common for body jewelry manufacturers to use other metals along with gold to formulate a piece of body jewelry. For example, 14 karat gold belly button rings are just over half gold, with other metals comprising the remainder.

The very best choice for gold body jewelry is 18 karat gold. Primarily, body jewelry is available in 14 karat. 14K gold is less expensive but the downside is you'll have a higher chance for body jewelry allergic reaction.

Consider these factors when buying gold body jewelry:

1. Look for gold body jewelry sellers who adhere to a strict quality assurance program, and are willing to tell potential buyers what it means.

2. If your jewelry has a trademark, for example a sports team, it must have a license stamped on the back. If it doesn't, there are serious quality issues. Stay away.

3. To make absolutely sure you've got legitimate gold, you can have the body jewelry tested at an independent lab for $20. Labs are available in almost every large city.

4. Closely examine the body jewelry's quality. Look at your body jewelry with a jeweler's scope. If edges are frayed or there are imperfections, there are quality and manufacturing issues.

Lastly, you should understand gold terminology before you invest in body jewelry, especially belly button rings. 24k gold is pure gold, 18k gold is 75% pure, 14k gold is 58.3% pure. 10k gold is the lowest purity allowed to be labeled gold, at 41.7% purity.
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