Gold accessories have been in use since ancient times and it is still very popular today. Accessories are used not only as a means to enhance an outfit but also as an expression of a person's personality and sense of style. It is a precious commodity that has seen its price rising steadily. Even so, there are many people who prefer wearing it as accessories as opposed to those made with other materials. Gold comes in various strengths in its alloy composition. 9K and 14K gold accessories are more popular in western countries and 18K as well as 24K in the eastern countries.
Of course you can find all of these in every country but their price varies according to its ease of availability. Pure gold which is 24K is very soft and is not recommended to be made into gold jewelry. However, 9K, 14K and 18K has other materials added to the gold element to make it harder. This makes it easier to be molded to various designs and shapes. Jewelry can be found in gold, silver and steel but gold is generally considered to be the most valuable.
Men and women wear jewelry and the trend looks to be chunky styles for men and more elaborate versions for women. Although men tend to wear the same jewelry all the time, women typically rotate their jewelry according to the occasion and function. Whatever the style, the designs are wide and varied and there is a design for every personality and occasion.
Accessories can range from bracelets, rings, earrings, anklets, tie-pins, money-clips and such. It always lends an air of sophistication and luxury when it is worn with any outfit. Precious and semi-precious stones can also be set in earrings, rings and pendants. Lockets are also popular as photos can be kept in them. You can also find gold watches and charms for bracelets.
In many cultures, gold is seen as a symbol of wealth and good fortune and the more they possess, the wealthier one is perceived. It is also given as presents and gifts for christenings and such. Most people exchange gold rings during their wedding ceremony and many give them as engagement rings as well.
The more popular among gold jewelry as accessories are gold chains, earrings and rings. Every woman knows the importance of wearing the right accessory to complement their outfits and to suit every occasion. Gold hoop earrings and dangles are typically the most popular among earrings.
Bracelets also come in various styles such as chain bracelets, tennis bracelets, charm bracelets and the like. You can also buy charms to be given as gifts for birthdays. These are good gifts for someone who wears charm bracelets and she can soon amass a collection of these charms. These are interesting as you can find charms depicting animals, zodiac signs, and cartoon characters and so on.
Accessories can enhance any outfit and whether it's a tie-pin or a necklace, the right one can complete a look. Although gold is getting more expensive, it is an investment as it will always maintain its value unlike costume jewelry which has practically no value once it is worn. Gold never loses its fascination with people and it will always be in demand as elegant accessories.