WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 10K, 14K, 18K AND 24K GOLD JEWELRY?
"K" stands for karat, which is the percentage of pure gold in the alloy of metal. Because pure gold is very pliable, it requires mixing with other alloys by jewelers to make it more durable and long-lasting.
Purity: The higher the number of karats, the greater the amount of pure gold in the jewelry.
Cost: The higher the karat aka the percentage of pure gold, the higher the cost.
Color: Because of the natural yellowness of pure gold, the higher the karat, the yellower the tint of the jewelry.
Durability: The higher the karat, the softer and more easily scratched the alloy becomes.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 10KT GOLD AND 10CT GOLD?
There is no difference.
The typical term attributed to gold is "karat" abbreviated with "k" or "kt." In non-North American nations, it is typical to use "carat," abbreviated "c" or "ct" despite being incorrect. Carat in its proper application is a unit of weight that relates to precious stones.
WHAT IS THE NATURAL COLOR OF GOLD?
Pure gold is yellow. The greater the karat of gold jewelry, the more yellowish of a tint it will have.
WHAT IS ROSE GOLD?
Rose gold, also called rose gold, is an alloy produced through the application of copper to pure gold resulting in a pink metallic color.
WHAT IS WHITE GOLD?
Developed to imitate platinum, white gold is not pure gold rather it is a mixture of white metals such as nickel, zinc, or palladium. These metals are what give white gold its distinctive hue.
WHY ARE WHITE GOLD RINGS PLATED WITH RHODIUM?
White gold rings are usually plated with a layer of rhodium to help guard against scratches and it also gives the jewelry a reflective white appearance. It is most commonly found on white gold jewelry but can also be used on silver and other materials.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY GOLD JEWELRY IS REAL?
When uncertain, the most precise way to tell is to take your item to a jeweler for inspection, but here are several tests you could do at home to aid you in determining if your gold is authentic.
Does it have a stamp?
If it is real gold, it will have one of the following stamps (usually on its inner sleeve) reflecting the portion of gold found in it:
16, 417, 10ct, 10kt, 10K, 10KP = 10 Karat
583, 585, 14ct, 14kt, 14K, 14KP = 14 Karat
750, 18ct, 18kt, 18K, 18KP = 18 Karat
916, 917, 22ct, 22kt, 22K = 22 Karat 999, 24K = 24 Karat
Note: Absence of any of the stamps above doesn't always mean that your gold jewelry isn't pure. For instance, A resized ring will often have the stamp removed or polished off by the metalsmith.
And, not all jewelry designers add a stamp. If it is not real gold, it will have one of these stamps alone or along with the karat information that pertains to the part of the item that is gold alloy:
1/20, 14/20 or GF = Gold-filled (Brass core with a surface of 5% gold alloy) GP = Gold-plated (Brass core with a thinner surface of .05% or less gold alloy) HGE = Hydrostatic gold electroplating GEP = Gold electroplating 925 = Sterling silver
IS IT HEAVY?
Authentic gold is dense and relatively heavy compared to fake gold
DOES GOLD TARNISH?
When your 22 karat gold jewelry tarnishes, it does not mean that it is not real gold; it only means that your gold jewelry is not 'pure' gold or 24 karat gold. Any thing which is below 24 karat gold can tarnish or discolor under certain circumstances.
IS GOLD JEWELRY HYPOALLERGENIC?
Yes and no, it is an alloy and presumably combined with nickel-a natural metal allergen-to make it stronger and less malleable unless it is 24 K pure gold.
If you like the white gold feel, consider hypoallergenic titanium as an alternative (and it will cost less). If you are partial to yellow gold and do not have a serious allergy to metal, the higher gold Karats may better for you.
IS GOLD A PRECIOUS METAL?
Yes, it is a precious metal because it's seen as rare and valuable.
WHAR CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING GOLD JEWELRY?
Many gemstones need special care; however, there are some universal rules and characteristics that finely crafted jewelry has in common, regardless of the production process used to produce them. There should be no marks, cracks, stains or flaws in the carefully crafted pieces. Finished jewelry comes with a smooth finish. When well-polished, the shine will imitate a mirror on every surface.
IS GOLD A GOOD INVESTMENT?
One of the reasons gold is always valuable is because it is scarce. According to the World Gold Council, if you accumulated all the gold mined in the history of the world it would only fill a cube measuring 21 meters on each side. Finding a one-ounce gold nugget is more unusual than unearthing a five-carat diamond. Rarity plus demand means that there will always be a thriving market for gold.
HOW MUCH GOLD IS THERE?
Gold is actually quite plentiful in nature but problematic to mine. Seawater, for instance, contains gold — but it would cost more to extract than the gold is actually worth. So there's a big difference between the amount of gold accessible and how much gold there is in the world.
The World Gold Council approximates that there are about 190,000 metric tons of gold above ground being used today and roughly 54,000 metric tons of gold underground that are economically extractable.