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It's common knowledge that pure gold is 24 karats but in the jewelry world, the most common alloy for rings is 14 karat gold and 18 karat gold. Pure 24K gold is very soft and doesn't have the hardness to stand up to daily wear. To work around that, pure gold is alloyed, or mixed, with other metals to help make it strong enough to take on the daily burden of being worn and colliding with other hard objects on a frequent basis.
Difference in gold percentage
K stands for karat (not to be confused with carat, which is the weight measure for gemstones) and refers to the percentage of gold in an alloy. To illustrate: 24K gold is 100% pure, 18K contains 75% gold and 25% alloyed metals, and 14K is 58% gold and 42% alloyed metals. Simply put, the 14-karat and 18-karat system makes it easier for the average person to determine the amount of pure gold in a piece.
How can you tell the difference with your gold jewelry on your own? Jewelers usually engrave the karat on an inconspicuous part of the jewelry, such as on the clasp of bracelets and necklaces, or on the inner band of rings.
Because of its greater percentage of gold, an 18-karat piece will fetch a higher price than one of 14-karat gold. However, in some cases, monetary value alone does not influence purchasing decisions. Others take history, circumstance, or sentimental value into consideration, too. Some also consider the look of the gold, as the higher the karat of the gold, the more yellow it appears.
18-karat yellow gold has a deeper yellow hue than 14-karat, 14K-karat white gold has a stronger white color than 18-karat, 14-karat rose gold is more pink than 18K, and so on. Sometimes 14K is the better complement to the desired gems for the piece or just has a more appealing look.
Sometimes it can be hard to see a perceptible difference in 14K vs 18K yellow gold. The richer, yellower 18K gold looks great on dark, tan, and olive skin tones. If you want colored stones in your jewelry, you should consider whether the alloy you prefer is a good color match. 18K gold will always have a stronger yellow hue, even in white and rose golds. If you like a warmer yellow gold, a whiter white gold or a pinker rose gold, 14K gold is a good choice for you.
A majority of gold rings worn in the US are 14K gold. 18K is more popular in Europe and in Asia. Also, 18K is often used when higher quality gemstones and diamonds are set.