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How Much You Know About the Gold Jewelry

If you visit ShecyPearls, you will find there are many pearl jewelry with K gold here. Gold jewelry never goes out of style, and for good reason, because gold is as wearer-friendly as it is beautiful. This is the reason why Shecy pearl jewelry with gold is popular. Generally speaking, you can find our pearl jewelry is marked 18K gold and 14K gold.


 What is 18K or14K gold? Are there any differences from pure gold? Karat(carat) is called for K for short. The carat (abbreviation ct or kt) is a measure of the purity of gold alloys, 24 carat being pure gold. In the United States and Canada, the spelling karat (abbreviation k or kt) is used. The higher the karat number, the higher the percentage of gold. Here is some information for gold with different karat.

 The carat system is increasingly being complemented or superseded by the millesimal fineness system in which the purity of precious metals is denoted by parts per thousand of pure metal in the alloy.The most common carats used for gold in bullion, jewelry making and by goldsmiths are:

 24 carat (millesimal fineness 999 or higher)

22 carat (millesimal fineness 916)

21 carat (millesimal fineness 875)

20 carat (millesimal fineness 833)

18 carat (millesimal fineness 750)

15 carat (millesimal fineness 625)

14 carat (millesimal fineness 585)

10 carat (millesimal fineness 417)

9 carat (millesimal fineness 375)

8 carat (millesimal fineness 333)

1 carat (millesimal fineness 042)

  • 24K gold is pure gold.
  • 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold.
  • 14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold.
  • 12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
  • 10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum karat that can be called "gold" in the United States.

European gold jewelry is marked with numbers that indicate their percentage of gold, such as:

  • 18K gold is marked 750 to indicate 75% gold
  • 14K gold is marked 585 for 58.5%
  • 10K gold is marked 417 for 41.7%

Maybe you are puzzled why are other metals mixed with gold. As a matter of fact, pure gold is soft and isn't practical for daily wear. Other metals are mixed with it to make it more durable (and to lower its cost).

When metals are added to the gold the result is an alloy, a blended mixture of the metals that you can think of as a very expensive cake batter. Solid gold is a term that can be used to describe an item that's at least 10K (in the US) gold all the way through. Even though it's a gold alloy--18K, 14K, or anything down to 10K--it can be called solid gold.

Solid gold is durable, so it is a better choice for jewelry you'll wear regularly. If you have allergies to nickel or other metals, choose items that have high gold content, such as 18K or 22K gold jewelry.