The gold standard
When we work exclusively with the world’s highest quality diamonds, you can rest assured we take the same nothing-but-the-best approach to the gold in which they are set.
First question: why 18k gold rather than 24k? Well, 24k gold is more pure but it’s also way too soft.
Ever read a story where someone checks a gold coin by biting it? That’s because the teeth marks in the soft metal prove it’s real. Not great for a beautiful piece of jewellery designed to last for generations. 18k, by contrast, offers the ideal balance between durability and gold content.
So what does 18k actually mean?
Karat is a unit of purity referring to the percentage of pure gold.
24-karat gold is 100% pure.
18-karat gold is 75% pure i.e. 18 of its 24 parts are gold.
14-k gold is 58,3 % pure i.e. 14 of its 24 parts are gold.
Montluc 18k white gold is worth more than most other 18k white gold
Most of our collection comes in white gold, but gold is always naturally yellow. To make it white, we start by adding palladium and silver.
Palladium is an expensive precious metal that costs about the same as gold. We use the optimal amount of palladium required to create the perfect white gold – 13.5%.
Compare that with many other brands who use as little palladium as they can get away with: 10% or even 5%. They then make up the difference with silver, which is far cheaper.
It’s just one of the ways many of the big names offer you less for your money. And it’s why Montluc white gold is worth more.
To make the gold truly white, the gold/palladium/silver alloy is then coated with Rhodium, which is so expensive it makes our eyes water. Montluc uses one of the very best Rhodiums available and double the average compared to most manufacturers. After all, Montluc isn’t most manufacturers.
Montluc gold achieves the optimal balance between purity and durability, ensuring that every piece offers an enduring beauty."
Crafted to endure
Rather than cast our jewellery, each piece is crafted from a solid gold bar.
That’s because casting involves melting the gold, pouring it into a mould, and letting it set before polishing and smoothing. Air can potentially enter the liquid metal making tiny bubbles when it’s poured. Those bubbles then become trapped and create slight imperfections.
Our approach results in a far more compact, more flawless result almost three times harder than casted. So the piece lasts longer, wears better and looks perfect even under the closest inspection.