Citrine, Gold Bracelet 2202GM

This gorgeous Retro (1935-1950) bracelet feature ±28k Citrine crafted in 18k Gold.

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This gorgeous Retro (1935-1950) bracelet feature ±28k Citrine crafted in 18k Gold.

Dimensions: L: 18cm
Weight in grams: 35
Condition: Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear

Retro

At the start of the 1940s the jewelry arts were interrupted by the onset of World War II. Precious metals, especially platinum, were rare and in some instances forbidden to be sold. Palladium was substituted for the platinum being used in the war effort. In order to eek the most out of the available gold, a low karat gold alloy was used with a higher copper percentage. This resulted in gold with a subtle but distinctive reddish tinge, indeed through the cunning use of alloys, gold appeared in multiple colors within a single piece. Gold was manipulated in various ways; woven, braided and coiled. Resilla, cannetille and lacy filigree patterns reappeared in jewelry. Various textures were juxtaposed within a design putting matte finish next to bright to accentuate the design. Gold became the quintessential jewelry metal of the 1940s and 50s.

Citrine

The yellow to golden variety of quartz, colored by trace elements of iron, is named citrine. The color of citrine closely resembles the color of – the more expensive – yellow topaz and consequently citrine is sometimes marketed under various misnomers such as Madeira topaz , Bahia topaz, and topaz quartz. Today, citrine is often actually the more abundant amethyst which has been heated to a temperature of approximately 900 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 450 to 480 degrees C.). This creates a stable golden to yellow color which can be restored to its original color upon irradiation. Citrine is the second most coveted variety of quartz after amethyst.

Gold

Because of the softness of pure (24k) gold, it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its hardness and ductility, melting point, color and other properties. Alloys with lower carat rating, typically 22k, 18k, 14k or 9k, contain higher percentages of copper or other base metals or silver or palladium in the alloy. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color.

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