I made a 14 K yellow gold ring with inlayed sterling silver
ornament and brushed surface. The color contrast between the two
metals is not very good. Espescially because the silver inlay is
very small. You really have to take a close look to recognize it.
So I would like to know if there is any possibility of getting a
better contrast between gold and silver.
Why not switch to 14 K red gold?
An alloy of 585 Au, 40 Ag, 350 Cu, and 25 Zn (analytical grade) gives
you an excellent red gold, a little more red than 24 K. A higher
content of silver will pull the colour towards the yellow. This alloy
has almost the same working properties as 14 K yellow.
A tip: Start making an alloy of the Ag and the Cu, then add Zn, stirr
and pour in water. This alloy (I call it “noble bronze”) can then be
used to alloy with 24 K gold. Here in Europe the 14 karat gold must
have a minimum content of 585/1000 gold, thus the figures.
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