Gold



4/24 Gives Luxe Look for LessTaking a page from his Ottoman ancestors, New York City–based jewelry designer Gurhan Orhan unveiled a collection featuring an alloy using 4 karats of gold as a companion metal for his traditional 24k gold designs. He calls the combination 4/24. Incorporating 4k gold allows the designer to strengthen certain styles—channels exist in some rings to house decorative deposits of 24k gold—while other applications are soldered onto designs as a means of reducing cost (much like the use of silver and bronze). The color of 4k gold is pinkish, but becomes a bit bronze when oxidized (24k gold, meanwhile, doesn’t oxidize). Gurhan also uses the material to set stones so their sides are completely exposed without the use of prongs or bezels.His first 4/24 collection took eight months to bring to life. “This line has enabled me to catch up with some of my lower p
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