Garnet ruin ring
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Yellow gold comes in different beautiful golden hues depending on the blend, also called alloy. Pure 24kt gold is the base for all alloys, and while 24kt gold is naturally a distinct yellow, it is also less durable than lower karats. Therefore, most jewellery is made in 22K, 18K and 14K and its colour comes from combining pure gold with metals such as zinc and copper. Yellow gold has always been revered for its rarity and beauty and its use in jewellery can be traced back to ancient civilisations.
For Jean Prounis, there was only ever one color of gold; the buttery yellow that we know from visiting museum exhibitions of ancient times. From Greco-Roman to Pre-Colombian, her vivid creations encompass ideas from civilisations long lost. In an imaginary conversation with her grandfather, Jean’s jewellery speaks to times of both yesterday and tomorrow, transcending time and honoring the grounding and protective powers of gold. Explored here in a conversation on ethical sourcing practices, the legendary New York supper club Versailles and 22 karat gold.