Gold earrings are often the first pair that infants, children, women and men wear after having their ears pierced. Gold is revered for its low nickel content and is a good choice as it has a reduced chance of causing infection. Newly pierced ears are prone to infection and it is important that earrings are selected carefully, cleaned on a routine basis, and turned to ensure the newly pierced hole remains open. The first earrings that most people wear upon getting their ears pierced are gold studs.
It might seem that after wearing gold stud earrings for six weeks that a person would relish the idea of taking out their gold earrings and trying a plethora of different styles. Ironically, many choose to keep wearing gold and instead branch out into different earring styles such as gold hoops, chandeliers, and drop or dangle earrings. It is not recommended that children wear these larger styles and many parents wisely choose to have their children continue to wear small gold earrings such as studs or hoops that remain close to the ear, such as huggies. Teenagers often look forward to wearing the long, dangly styles, and often select oversized hoop earrings. Though there are numerous styles available to select from, gold earrings remain one of the most popular jewelry styles for children, women, and men.
Gold earrings are available in a wider range of colors than other precious metals. Through the addition of metal alloys, such as platinum, platinum, and nickel, yellow gold may be colored silver-white, pink, and a combination of the three known as tri-colored gold. When yellow gold has been tinted pink with copper or nickel it is known as rose gold. As gold is the only precious metal available in colors such as yellow, silver-white, and pink, it is more versatile than other metals. The wide range of color selections ensures that everyone, whether male or female, old or young, can find gold earrings that suit their personal style, taste, and character and fashion sense.
Gold has been used as a currency for thousands of years and is associated with wealth. Wars have been waged over gold and it is the standard that cultures turn to when their economies fail. Maybe this contributes to gold’s vast popularity as a jewelry metal. Whatever the reason, one thing is certain. Cultures worldwide love jewelry such as gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings and there is no indication this precious metal will ever fall from popularity.
Gold earrings are the perfect setting for a host of precious gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. They are the perfect backdrop for black onyx, freshwater pearls, amethyst, and a slew of other minerals and gems. They also look gorgeous without any other materials but rather worked into creative designs by experienced artisans. Gold also holds many advantages when compared to its greatest competitor: silver.
When deciding between silver and gold earrings, gold offers many advantages. First, color really isn’t a considering factor as there are many earrings crafted in white gold and if anything, gold earrings are available in more colors when compared to silver. There is a slight difference in the color of silver, but it is minimal. Sterling silver (that is 92.5% pure silver) has a shiny, silvery-white appearance. When silver is oxidized it looks more grey than silver. Those who prefer this darker, grey tint may find they prefer silver to gold, but for those that are looking for a new, shiny metal, gold holds the advantage.
One noticeable difference between gold and silver is that gold is more expensive. Gold is much more durable than silver and it is rare to find. Due to these characteristics of gold, it is more expensive as well. Several qualities common to silver has contributed to its lower value as well. Silver is prone to tarnishing, can leave discoloration marks on skin, and more people are prone to breaking out from silver than they are from gold. Due to these advantages that gold has, jewelry such as gold earrings continues to be one of the most popular jewelry styles known.