Natural Gold Small Flat Flakes
Accent Natural GoldTM is the name given by Jewelry Material Innovations, Inc. (JMI) to natural gold nuggets and flakes for adding accents to fine silver and sterling jewelry. Accent Natural GoldTM (ANG) denotes nuggets and flakes that have been recovered during mining operations from the Mother Lode region of California and the goldfields of Alaska. ANG has the purity that Nature provided, which is typically 20 to 22 K (about 85% to 92% gold). ANG is finding applications in silver clay jewelry as artists discover its applicability for adding eye-catching accents. Accent Natural GoldTM is available in an assortment of nuggets ranging in size from a few millimeters to a centimeter or more in length, and also in flakes and very fine particles called "gold dust." It is recommended that small particles of Accent Natural GoldTM be inlaid into recessed regions of jewelry settings so that the sides of the recessed regions provide protection against abrasion. A number of methods exist for attaching ANG to jewelry, as described in JMI's information sheet titled Instructions for Attaching Mineral Accents to Silver Clay Settings.
Accent Natural GoldTM can be applied to both fine and sterling silver settings. If a method of attachment to sterling silver is used that involves heating the sterling piece above about 840F (450C), a dark layer, or fire scale, may form that will require subsequent removal. Depletion gild the sterling piece before using a method of attachment that requires a high temperature. Doing this eliminates the need to remove fire scale after ANG has been attached.
Accent Natural GoldTM will challenge your artistic imagination and add a rich look to your silver jewelry. Have fun exploring creative ways to use it in your designs.