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14K Gold vs. 18K Gold

Gold jewelry has historically remained in style not only because of its status as a precious metaland not only because of its beautiful and aesthetic qualitiesbut because of its valuable properties as an element (Au on the Periodic Table).

Since pure gold does not tarnish in reaction to other elements it comes into contact with, the residue that accumulates on some metals does not occur with pure gold.  Occasionally, people may have an allergic reaction to alloys that are combined with gold, but gold itself is rarely a problem.

Pure gold contains 24 Karats of Gold. This is the unit by which gold purity and content is measured.

Since 24K Gold is too soft for producing jewelry such as rings, manufacturers use alloys to strengthen jewelry and match it to the desired color.

The industry standard for 14K Gold is 58.3% gold, which is 14 divided by 24 (.583). For 18K Gold, the standard is 75% gold, which is 18 divided by 24 (.75).

18K Gold is therefore slightly softer than 14K Gold, but it has higher gold purity and will also be slightly richer or more yellow in color than 14K Gold (although this can be difficult to distinguish visually).

Sometimes people wonder if 18K will be too soft to wear. We believe that 18k gold is not too soft to wear and people often do purchase 18K, especially in Europe where 18K gold tends to be more popular than 14K gold.  In the U.S., most consumers purchase 14K Gold.

The only exception is that if you work frequently with your hands or have a job that is demanding physically· you may want to consider 14K gold instead of 18K gold.

* All of our wedding rings are stamped either 14K or 18K and are guaranteed to be pure 14k or 18k gold.


Common Gold Alloy Distribution


Most manufacturers use this combination of gold and alloys for each color and gold purity listed below:

14K Yellow Gold · 58.33% Gold · 4% Silver · 31.24% Copper · 6.43% Zinc

18K Yellow Gold · 75% Gold · 13% Silver · 12% Copper

14K White Gold · 58.33% Gold · 28.32% Zinc · 4.8% Nickel · 8.55% Titanium

18K White Gold · 75% Gold · 2.23% Copper · 5.47% Zinc · 17.80% Nickel

14K Rose Gold · 58.33% Gold · 2.08% Silver · 39.59% Copper

18K Rose Gold · 75% Gold · 5% Silver · 20% Copper

 

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