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Gold Chevron Rings 

Things keep getting better and better in the jewelry world. Most people only think of a round metal that encircles your finger when they hear the word ring. If that’s what you think, you’re not far from it; however,  rings go a little further than that. 

It’s absolutely exciting when you find the numerous designs available for rings. As a result, the selection process can get overwhelming. Here at Goldia, we can’t choose the perfect ring for you but we can recommend a few of our favorites that we believe you would love. 

We have a rather special recommendation today. These rings are the epitome of beauty. Do you want to know what these rings are? How do they look?. Are these and many more questions hovering in your mind?  Well, stop that thinking. The ring that is at the top of our list today is a  gold chevron ring

What Are Gold Chevron Rings? 

When you take a look at the name, a picture of this ring will certainly enter your mind. It’s a ring that’s gold and has a V-shaped appearance at one point in the ring. It’s this V-shape that is the chevron symbol. 

We are going to dive skin deep into this article about chevron rings. But before we do that, we would love to give you a little insight into gold. 

What Is Gold?

This is a precious metal that occurs naturally in its pure form. It is characterized by a yellowish glow and remarkable luster. Talking chemistry, gold is represented by the chemical symbol, Au. 

For as long as humans have adorned themselves, gold has been in use.  Gold has significant appearances in human history. Gold has a great amount of popularity in the jewelry industry. It’s rare to find a person that is not familiar with the yellowish muster that is gold. 

This metal is a major component in our topic which is gold chevron rings. Throughout this article, we’ll be giving you much more information about this precious metal. In the meantime, let’s take a trip down history to when chevron rings first made an appearance. 

Origin Of Chevron Rings 

An interesting fact about these rings is that also called wishbone rings.  They are named after the “wishbone” found in birds like turkey and chicken. The actual name of the bone is furcula. 

In various cultures such as in the US during Thanksgiving, two people hold on to the ends of the wishbone and bend it. The person with the longer side of the bone is believed to soon receive good luck and happiness. This is where the idea of the V-shape comes from. 

There are art pieces from as far back as 1800 BC that feature the chevron. In fact, the symbol has also been used as an insignia in the military and to signify service length. The use of chevron can also be traced to shields used by Greek Spartans; it was a symbol on these shields that supposedly gave them good luck in battle.

Chevron is a sign that is commonly used in heraldry. This symbol has been used to represent arrowheads by the Celts; for them, it represented a hunter or warrior as arrows were used for hunting and protection. 

This symbol has served all these intriguing purposes elegantly. It’s no wonder that they turned out to make good gold chevron rings. Chevron rings first made an appearance in the 1900s. We can say it rose to glory during the Victorian era. Victorians are famous for their unique styles,  symbolism, and such. 

Today, you can easily find this ring at your local jewelry store. At this point, you have the basic overview of chevron rings. Just wait for a little,  we have a cherry that we'd like to use to spice up the knowledge so far. 

What Do Gold Chevron Rings Symbolize? 

As with many things, these rings have beautiful meanings attached to them. We’ve listed a few of this symbolism as they are peculiar to the major parts of the ring. 

Gold 

  • Luxury 
  • Extravagance 
  • Glamour 
  • Wealth 
  • Success 
  • Prosperity  
  • Good health

Chevron 

The nature of this symbol has its symbolism revolving around good luck and happiness. It all boils down to whatever these symbols mean to you. 

Next, we’re going to talk about the different types of gold available - that is the forms gold takes when used in jewelry. 

Types Of Gold 

If you’re getting gold chevron rings, you would think that the ring is simply made of gold. That is true but there are some variants available for your selection. They are: 

  • Gold plated 
  • Gold filled  
  • Gold vermeil 
  • Solid gold 

Did you know that there were types of gold? Even if you didn’t, that’s why we’re here, to educate you. Now, let’s take a closer look at these gold types. 

Gold Plated 

As the name implies, this is when a base metal such as nickel, copper, or aluminum is coated in gold. The jewelry is either coated using an electroplating process or chemical disposition. The layer of gold could be as low as 1 micron thick for costume jewelry. Brand or designer jewelry could as well have a higher thickness of about 2-3 microns. 

This form of gold will tarnish and wear away. When this happens, the base metal gets exposed. There are no strict buying regulations when it comes to gold-plated jewelry.  

Gold-plated jewelry gives you that gold appearance at a much more affordable rate. It is important to note that it will not retain its golden luster for a long time. The good news is that you can get your gold chevron ring re-dipped or re-plated. 

Gold Filled 

Simply put, this is when your rings are filled with gold. And unlike gold-plated rings, it does not involve just a mere coating on the ring. Gold  filled implies that a thick sheet of gold has been applied to the base metal core and exposed to high pressure. The high-pressure bonds both metals together. 

For a piece of jewelry to be considered gold-filled, the gold has to make up 1/20 or 5% of the metal's total weight. This is why you may find hallmarks of 1/20 inscribed on your ring.  

Typically, gold-filled rings are up to 5 or 10 times thicker than the gold plated variant. These rings are expected to last anywhere from 20 – 30  years. Gold-filled jewelry will undergo tarnishing but it is very rare.  Gold-filled rings will retain their golden luster for a long time. 

Gold Vermeil 

This type also involves a coating of gold on a base metal. However, in this case, the metal is specifically silver. The base metal core could be pure silver or sterling silver. The minimum thickness of the coating is  2.5 microns and gold is 10K according to the United States regulations.

The gold layer will not tarnish but it may become dirty and fade away.  The part of the metal, silver, that can tarnish is exposed when this happens. Frequent cleaning with a soft cloth can help improve the plating appearance and prevent the coating from fading. 

Solid Gold 

Solid gold would mean gold that is 100% pure. Imagine, getting a solid gold chevron ring; you’d be in for a rollercoaster ride. We consider the term “solid” a misnomer here. When we talk solid gold, we’re talking about the alloys of gold available.  

This is the most popular choice when it comes to gold jewelry. It is also the least likely to tarnish or fade. That is because the gold is mixed with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc, nickel, or palladium. The addition of these metals increases the strength and durability of the metal. This makes it a perfect choice for gold chevron rings. 

That said, let’s take a look at the various alloys of gold. 

What Gold Alloy Should I Get My Chevron Ring In? 

There are some common alloys that you are likely to have seen or heard about. In this article, we’re going to add another one that isn’t all that common. Let’s start with the all-time classic. 

  • Yellow Gold: This alloy is highly desirable for the fact that it retains gold's natural color. A lot of people, including us would love to get our hands on 24K gold rings. However, that is simply not possible as we will get no durability at an expensive rate, right?

You can get a 24K gold chevron ring. The only downside is that it is not suitable for everyday wear. You could wear the ring on special occasions like a wedding so you’ll be more careful and conscious of the state of the ring. 

Yellow gold has the addition of a small number of other metals.  So, if you don’t want to risk the durability you can go for yellow gold. Its karat goes as high as 22K; you can get a high percentage of pure gold while having a decent amount of durability. 

  • White Gold: This metal has a silvery experienced but more luster than silver. The white appearance of the gold alloy is due to the addition of white metals in the alloying process. Some of these metals are palladium, zinc, and nickel. 

Most times, the alloying process is not enough to give it a  characteristic white finish. This is where rhodium comes in. It is a  white metal that belongs to the platinum family. Hence, it is hypoallergenic. The white gold is coated with rhodium to cover up any yellowness that may have remained after the alloying process. 

White gold rings give off a cool sensation. It’s a perfect choice for your gorgeous rings. 

  • Rose Gold: Pink is the characteristic color of this gold alloy. It appeals to all our romantic and vintage senses. The gorgeous color has helped rose gold rise and continue to rise in demand. 

The main metal used in this alloy is a reddish metal copper. The percentage of copper present in the alloy will determine the shade of pink. Silver is occasionally added to lighten the color. 

This elegant gold alloy rose to fame in the 1900s when a Russian artist, Faberge used them in his famous Carl Faberge eggs. It is certainly a stunning choice for your gold chevron rings.

  • Green Gold: That’s right, gold that appears to gave a greenish tinge. The addition of silver in some proportions gives us a particular green color. Although, this alloy is very rare. You certainly won’t find it knocking at every jewelry store. 

The greenish-yellow hue blends perfectly with green gemstones like emerald or peridot. This alloy is typically produced in the lab although green gold called “electrum” can be mined naturally.  Both manufacturing options are very rare and expensive. 

Now that we have looked at alloys of gold, we'll briefly explain the grading of gold and how to measure it so that you get the best possible value when you purchase gold chevron rings. 

Grading Gold 

The grade or quality of gold is measured in karats. Karats represent the level of gold purity of an alloy. 24-karat gold is the highest karatage and is 100% pure gold. The lower the karat the less the percentage of ore gold. Typically, 1K means 1 part pure gold out of 24. 

We recommend going a little down the scale for your good chevron rings. Choose a 14K or 18K gold, these are the most common choices.  They have a good level of pure gold and are suitable for everyday wear. 

In the united states, the minimum karatage of gold allowed for sale is  10K. In other places like the united kingdom, gold can be sold at a karat as low as 9K. Below is a list of the common gold karatage and percentage purity of gold. 

  • 9K – 37.5% pure gold
  • 10K – 41.6% pure gold 
  • 14K – 58.3% pure gold 
  • 18K – 75% pure gold 
  • 22K - 91.6% pure gold  
  • 24K – 99.99% pure gold 

Remember that the higher the amount of pure gold, the higher the value.  And the higher the pure gold, the less durable it. 

What Setting Can I Get Gold Chevron Rings In? 

Gold chevron rings are a unique jewelry style. Still, they can accommodate some embellishments. Before we explain the few settings the ring can have it has to have stones to go in there right? You can add a diamond or any gemstone of your choice to further beautify these rings. As we earlier stated, it’s these gemstones that are placed in the setting, not the actual ring. They are: 

  • Channel: The channel setting has gemstone arranged in the groove of the ring. The groove serves as some sort of channel, hence the ring. This setting offers gemstone protection. 
  • Pavé And Micropavé: This setting features gemstones drilled into the ring's metal and held in place by beads or prongs. This setting allows for many little sparkles to give a glamourous shine. 

The above settings are not compulsory. If you’d like to leave your chevron rings plain, they will look just as gorgeous.

How Do I Wear My Gold Chevron Rings? Facing Up Or Down? 

Some people attach meanings to the direction the chevron faces on your finger. However, it’s a matter of personal preference. Whichever way suits your style that’s how you should wear your gold chevron rings. 

Although if your chevron ring serves as a wedding band, it will make sense to wear it with the v pointing towards your wrist. This is because it will give room for the gemstone on your engagement ring – assuming you wear your wedding band before the engagement ring. 

How To Care For Gold Chevron Rings 

Now that you’ve learned all there is to these gorgeous rings, the last step is their maintenance. As a norm, you have to care for every property you own. This is because lack of care will reduce the shelf life and disrupt the purpose of that property. 

To keep your chevron rings glowing for the longest time possible,  follow this simple cleaning process: 

  • In a bowl, add a few drops of mild dish soap to clean water. Use a soft brush to wipe all around your chevron ring. Once clean, rinse under running water. As you do this, close the sink hole to prevent your ring from going down the drain. Use a soft cloth to pat dry the chevron rings. 

In addition to the cleaning process, you should store these rings separately from other pieces of jewelry. This is especially important if your chevron rings feature gemstones; it will prevent the gemstones from getting scratched – or scratching – by other gemstones.

Do the above maintenance practices regularly and you’ll keep your rings looking spick and span. Also, ensure you take it for proper inspection by a jewelry expert at least once a year. 

Are you ready to choose that stunning gold chevron ring that works for you? Head on now to Goldia, where beautiful rings like this are an everyday sight.

Gold Chevron Rings

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