Understanding Gold Karat – part one

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As with other precious metals and gemstones, the purity of gold is measured in karats (“k” or “kt”). The number of karats represents the purity of the gold in a particular item. For example, a 24 karat gold piece will be the purest at 99.99% gold or all 24 parts pure gold. Likewise, 18 karat gold has 18 out of 24 parts pure gold. The remaining six parts are made up of other metals (alloys) to harden the gold and brighten or change the colour. For that reason, 24 karat gold is the softest, and 10 karat is the hardest. Our rings are always made of 14 karat gold, so as to provide you with a durable piece of jewellery that will wear beautifully for a lifetime.

Gold Karat Chart – Karats Simplified

24 karat gold equals 100% pure gold too soft for jewellery
22 karat gold equals 91.7% gold still too soft for jewellery. Popular in certain parts of the world.
18k Gold equals 75% Gold very popular for jewellery, good balance of strength and value
14 karat gold equals 58.3% Gold extremely popular for jewellery. Good balance of durability and value.
12 karat gold equals 50% gold not used for jewellery
10 karat gold equals 41.7% gold lowest gold content that can be legally marked as gold in the United States.

So, if gold jewellery is not 100% pure, then what exactly is it mixed with? Read part two of this article to find out!

The best part of our business….

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…is that we get to share one of the happiest times in our customers’ lives: their wedding day, anniversary, or engagement.

We just received this heartwarming message this morning from a 79 year old man, about to be married:

Thank you so much for the wonderful rings, we are over the moon with them.
We received them today Tuesday.
As I told you on the phone, we are two seniors, in love and acting like kids. Thank you again for making some of our dreams come true.
Yours, Bernie

Thank you, Bernie, for this wonderful start to our day. Romance is indeed alive and well.

The Assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee

A statue of D'Arcy McGee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Thomas D’Arcy McGee (April 13, 1825 – April 7, 1868) was an Irish nationalist, journalist, poet, Catholic spokesman and a Father of Confederation. During the early morning hours of April 7, 1868, after the parliamentary session had finished, he was shot and killed on his doorstep while waiting for his Sparks Street boarding house door to be opened by the landlady. He is the only victim of political assassination in Canada at the federal level.

This plaque can be found in Ottawa on the Sparks Street Mall at number 136

Thomas D’Arcy McGee wrote volumes of poetry that reflected his nationalism, his love of history, and his values. Here is the first verse of our favourite poem of his:

The Celtic Cross

Through storm and fire and gloom, I see it stand

Firm, broad, and tall,

The Celtic Cross that marks our Father-land,

Amid them all!

Druids and Danes and Saxons vainly rage

Around its base;

It standeth shock on shock,  and age on age,

Star of our scatter’d race.

 

Tartan Day

April 6 holds great significance to Scots around the world. On this day in the long ago year of 1320, King Robert the Bruce, often called Scotland’s greatest patriot king, drafted and sent a letter to Pope John XXII declaring Scottish independence from England. It is known today as the “Declaration of Arbroath” or “The Scottish Declaration of Independence”:

A copy of the document, affixed with 25 red and green seals of the subscribing Scottish nobles.

In modern day North America, Scottish heritage is celebrated on this same day, now known as ‘Tartan Day’. Here in Canada, we have our own tartan:

The Maple Leaf Tartan has been recognized for decades as Canada's unofficial national tartan. It was made an official national symbol by ministerial declaration on March 9, 2011.

In Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Tartan Day will be celebrated with a stirring and beautiful display of Highland dancing, piping, and drumming on Parliament Hill at noon on Sunday, April 8. Many cities all over North America have similar celebrations. Join in, show your pride, and wear your clan tartan. Happy Tartan Day, everyone!