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Did you know that pure gold is too soft for everyday wear? That’s why gold jewelry often contains other metals as well, such as, copper, nickel or zinc to make the piece more durable. When we talk about karats, that shows how much of the metal is pure gold, compared to other metals. Therefore, 24k is 100% gold, while 18k is 75% gold and 14k is 58.3% gold.
It’s almost impossible to spot the difference, but experts say the yellow gold color of 18k is much more vivid and rich than in 14k gold.
14k gold is the most common type used in the US, and is used in approximately 90% of wedding bands. Especially for those who have more active lifestyles, as it is more durable than 18k gold.
As it stands, 18k gold is more expensive than 14k as it contains more gold. However, both are less expensive than 24k gold and platinum.
Yellow gold, also natural gold and color saturated alloys are what give yellow gold jewelry its rich color and shine. The metals most commonly used in yellow cold are copper with a red hue, and silver featuring a green hue. The perfect mixture of these different metals gives yellow gold that perfect color.
For white gold, and its silver appearance, the gold is mixed with metal alloys that are white in nature and plated with an extremely hard element called rhodium. However, the rhodium may wear away over time, which is why re-plating is an important, yet simple process that can be done to restore your white gold jewelry back to its original luster.
The beautiful pink hue of rose gold jewelry is created with a copper alloy, much like yellow gold. The percentages are the same for the metal alloys used in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold, but there is just a different mixture for each.
Gold has an extraordinary heritage with unique qualities. As an enduring element found naturally in a distinct yellow color, gold is resistant to rust, tarnish, and corrosion. Although gold is very strong, it’s also the most malleable of all precious metals.