14K GOLD BEADS
The "Karat" indicates the proportion of fine gold to other alloy metals in any piece of jewelry. For example, 10K has .4167 of fine gold and .5833 of other alloy metals. 12K is half fine gold and half other alloy metals. 14K is .5833 fine gold. 18K is .7500 fine gold. 24K is 100% fine gold.
In the United States, most people prefer 14K gold. Sometimes they prefer 10K or 12K for things like rings because this karat-gold jewelry is a little harder, and doesn't bend out of shape as easily.
In Europe and Asia, people prefer 18K and higher gold.
Ancient traditions perceived gold to be a sacred metal symbolic of the warm sun. Gold does not oxidize or corrode with time and it survives undamaged even after suffering long internment in secret hiding places, making it a truly noble metal. Perhaps this is why the traditional cultures associate gold with immortality. Gold imagery occurs frequently in the literature of yore. In the Vedic myth of cosmological creation, the source of physical and spiritual human life originated in and evolved from a golden egg or womb known in Sanskrit as 'hiranyagarbha,' again a metaphor for the sun whose light rises from the primordial waters. When the womb split into two, one half, of gold, became the heavens, and the other, of silver, formed the earth.
To the scientist it is the extreme ductility and malleability of gold that gives it a powerful appeal. Indeed, gold is so ductile that one ounce of it can be drawn into a fine wire 50 miles (80
kilometers) long and malleable enough that a one ounce can be hammered into a sheet so thin that it could cover 100 square feet.
Gold had also found a place in Ayurvedic medicine, the science of health that recommends medication derived totally from herbs and natural mineral substances. For example gold leaf and gold ashes in the purified form of a fine dark powder are used as an aphrodisiac to increase sexual powers and cure impotence, or as a tonic to augment natural beauty and strength in general and also to improve the intellect and memory.
Since gold thus is inherently sacred, a ritualistic symbolic mention or an actual offering of gold is made in all Hindu rites of passage ceremonies, from birth to marriage to death. In Scandinavia, it was the custom for a young couple to be given a gold amulet on their wedding day, to incorporate in their first house. The message of the amulet was: 'I am calling to the Gold to come to my house and family and bring me fortune and wealth.'
The Bible too is rich in its allusion to gold. There are the fabled mines of King Solomon, from which came the gold which built the temple in Jerusalem and perhaps to pave the city with gold as well, as the New Testament says it was.
GOLD RESOURCE AID: Resource site for everything to do with gold. Full of newsletters, articles, links and other resources - ALL FREE - in one easy to navigate site to save time and money. http://gold.resourceaid.com/