When it comes to shopping for fine jewelry, or anything that you’re not a field expert in, the problem doesn’t necessarily lie within what 'you don’t know’- but rather that ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’. Solid Gold purity in regard to fine jewelry is just one of those things…so let's explore the differences sweet and to the point.
You very well may have heard before that 18k Gold is better than 14k Gold, and while it is true that it is purer- it is not necessarily better in all applications. First of all 14k Gold denotation means that the piece is approximately 58% Gold, and the remainder is metal alloy; whereas in 18k Gold applications the piece is approximately 75% Gold, and the remainder is a metal alloy. So why is more Gold not necessarily better?
Gold is very soft, especially when compared to the metal alloys it is mixed with for making jewelry, and so the higher the purity, the softer the jewelry piece is. This means that higher purity gold items are more prone to scratching, scuffing, warping, etc. For this very reason, it is not recommended (by many) to purchase a wedding ring in 18k Gold, let alone 24k Gold. However, for jewelry that is not as prone to contact, such as earrings 18k and 24k might be a better choice than 14k Gold, if you are looking for higher quality and understand the aforementioned qualities.
Now that you know the difference, you can go off and make informed jewelry purchase decisions for you happiness, wallet, and peace of mind.
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