Gold alloy innovation for jewelry,alloy innovation for jewelry,it's
a headline that many gold jewelry manufacturers welcome.
The price of gold is of great concern to
those in the jewelry industry. The gold jewelry market is struggling,
primarily for two reasons... the economy that still has not recovered from
the recession of 2007-2008, and the high price of jewelry metals.
Gold alloy innovation for jewelry - it has been
an industry quest for many years. The desire for a less expensive
yellow gold practical alternative to 14 karat and 18 karat alloys has become the subject of research
by metallurgists for the jewelry field over the past four years.
In the mean time, jewelry retailers and jewelry makers have tried a
number of strategies to survive the high costs and sluggish sales of gold
jewelry. Many have turned to sterling silver as their primary jewelry
metal. Several variations are available to them, including yellow gold
plating over silver (vermeil), rhodium plating over silver (bright
finish), and sterling with lacquer or no plating.
Others (especially boutique jewelry makers) have gone to
alternate metals, ceramics, and natural materials such as wood or leather.
That research effort for new yellow gold alloys may be showing results!
Gold alloy innovation for jewelry was the theme of an
announcement at last year at the VicenzaOro
Winter exhibition, a gathering for jewelry industry
is called 1KtG, and the product was reportedly well received. Much
positive feedback was received from manufacturers that tested the
the 2013 VicenzaOro
Winter exhibition in Italy, 1KtG was reintroduced, this time as a
"refined" product meeting commercial market standards.
Baldo, 1KTG's Marketing Manager said, “It (1KtG) bears no resemblance to
gold plating and finishes: 1KTG manages to combine lightness, workability
says its product weighs around 40% less than 18-carat gold, but it appears
similar to gold in all aspects. 1KTG is also completely pliable and
company assert that the material is easier to work with than 18-carat
gold, and that it is it perfect for modern manufacturing techniques, such
as micro welding and gold-chain machinery.
my research for this article, I received written information and a couple
of images. One image is copyrighted, so I cannot reproduce it here. The
other one is the interesting image below. It appears to be a sphere of the
new alloy, with some flux on it. It could also represent the company's
vision that this innovative gold alloy opens a new and exciting world
to the jewelry trade.
1KtG company is confident in the "workability factor" of the
material, saying... "Manufacturers and designers can now rely on a
ductile and malleable material, which opens up unpredictable style and
design opportunities, restoring to jewelry the charm of creativity and of
is a very versatile alloy, already used in many fields, replacing the
current gold-plated finishes. It enhances the manufactured product's value
the name1KtG suggests, it contains only about one carat of gold. It is
currently available to jewelry-makers from the company, which holds the
Gold alloy innovation for
in the form of 1KtG gold alloy jewelry pieces, may soon appear in your
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A Google search using keywords such as
International Colored Gemstone Association
can return some very interesting
information and websites.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
Gem Industry News
Tucson Gem Shows
The Tucson Gem Shows began a few days ago. The to-the-trade-only shows
attract the major exhibitors... and the most buyers. These major shows will get
started during the first week in February. These shows generally run between
five and seven days.
The last time I counted (a couple of years ago), there were more than 25
different gem and jewelry shows held in Tucson during the first two weeks in
February. There are also shows specializing in fossils and meteorites
Bangkok Gems &
The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will be running for
five days, beginning in late February. This Thailand show is gaining in
importance as the Asian colored gem market grows.
Some dealers will exhibit at both the Tucson and Bangkok
shows. Several dealers based in Europe and the Americas take this opportunity to
work both locations, and then visit their Thailand-based gem cutters.
Now is the time to begin rebuilding your
The Christmas season has depleted your stock of loose gems and jewelry
pieces, it's time to begin planning and buying.
While we all build inventory with an eye towards upcoming events... such as
Valentine's Day, we also need to keep an eye on our customer profiles. Who has
an anniversary, birthday, or other family event coming up?
Balancing trade show visits, customer service, marketing, and building
inventory while ensuring positive cash flow takes effort and planning
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