Why paintings are always framed in gold ? You can go to any museum
to verify this. Because color of gold improves saturation of other
Sorry Leonid, that’s not true, some paintings have gold mouldings,
but it really depends on the colours the artist has used in the
I’ve just left the employ of the art shop/framers shop, and am now
counter sales selling jewellery equipment (all the projects,
jewellery and otherwise will have to wait for after hours). We framed
some paintings in gold, some in scratched silver, some in wood etc.
It’s very much the colours of the painting that dictate what frame to
If you are talking about heavy old masters, some of those are suited
to heavy gold ornate frames, but not all.
And saturation is a lot of money in jewellery. Just price some
gemstones like emeralds graded 3 versus 4, in GIA nomenclature.
That is why colored gemstones must be only mounted in 18k yellow
Again I think it depends on the stones colour, sure a citrine is a
relatively inexpensive stone compared to a natural emerald etc. My
opinion is that a citrine has a greater contrast when set in a
white-ish metal, like platinum.
It is extreme silliness to mount them in anything less. The
apparent loss of value is far exceeds "savings" of using lesser
alloys. And for me, the most remarkable thing that I learnt from
this discussion, is that some jewelers, claiming a lot of
experience, are completely unaware of this simple fact. The most
important commandment in goldsmith's bible is never to suppress
appearance of a gemstone.
I wouldn’t say silliness, platinum gives a better contrast to some
coloured stones than gold does, it depends on the colour of the
stones, and the preference of the customer.
Regards Charles A.