What is English Gold?

What is English Gold?

(upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer
with Your Jewelry Minute, and today I’m answering the question, what is English gold? Now if you are from England, you might be thinking there’s
no such thing as English gold or you might think it’s silly that Americans call
English gold English gold, just like the French
have never gotten over us calling them french fries or French doors, but we do have a term
we use is English gold. In the U.S., we generally alloy our gold in 10, 12, 14, and 18 karat, but the English have a different system, and one of the things that
they do is nine karat gold, and the reason they started
doing this in the 1800s was to allow more people to
be able to wear gold jewelry. It was a more inexpensive
way of doing gold. In the United States, if
it’s less than 10 karat, often we don’t consider
it really to be gold, with the exception of English gold. We recognize that English gold is a thing, this nine karat gold from England, and so we will call it
in the jewelry trade, and usually it’s in the
estate jewelry trade, we will call it English
gold when it is nine karat. And English gold can be yellow gold or it can be kind of a rosy gold. It can take on different colors, just like any other alloyed gold. This has been Your Jewelry Minute. If you have a jewelry question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time. (upbeat music)


  1. I know I’ve heard about English Gold but I don’t know the meaning.
    Well I’ve learned something else. I’m not sure I’ve seen 9 Carat gold but now I know.
    Thanks for the information.

  2. Very interesting!!! I used to play flute in middle and high school and I got a 9K rose gold headjoint for it which in music, gold flutes have a much richer and deeper sound. Never knew I had "english" gold!!!! Thanks for this video Jill!!!! Can't wait for tomorrow's!

  3. I have a English gold locket but when I bought it I didn’t know it was English gold. I just knew it was nine karat. Thank you for clearing that up

  4. I didn't know about the english gold. French fries and doors, yes. Lol! Anyway, here in my country, most jewelry golds sold in the market are Chinese, Japanese, Thailand or Bangkok , Saudi, Italian and Philippines. I hope you have a wonderful day my good friend…xoxo

  5. Does this have anything to do with Welsh gold? I saw something about the royal family having a large nugget of Welsh gold that was used for wedding rings for the royals. Also, are the metals in the alloy for 9K gold the same as we use for 10K and 14K?

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