FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PURE GOLD


Gold is one of the most popular precious metals, and for a good reason. It's rare, beautiful, and has a rich history dating back thousands of years. But gold can also be confusing because there are many different types and purity levels. So in this article, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about 24k pure gold jewelry.


WHAT IS PURE GOLD?


Pure gold is gold in its purest form, free from any alloys or other contaminants. The gold standard for purity is 24K gold jewelry, which is 100% gold content, and this type of gold may be softer and more malleable than other gold types.


Gold in pure form does not tarnish, corrode, or rust; thus, it is the most expensive gold.


WHAT IS PURE GOLD 24 KARAT?


First, let's explain the gold karat system. The word "karat" comes from the Italian carato, a unit of measurement for gold purity.


24k gold jewelry contains gold in pure form - it's 100% pure gold! That's why, in the gold karat system, 24k gold jewelry is "solid gold." While other karats contain different metals, such as silver and copper, 24k means that it does not contain any of those other metals in its composition– it's all gold! As such, 24k gold tends to be the most expensive type of gold jewelry out there.



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STANDARD GOLD AND 24K GOLD?


The main difference between a standard piece of gold and 24K gold is the purity of the gold. Standard gold is only 18K, meaning it is only 75% pure. 24K gold jewelry is 100% pure gold, making it more valuable and rare.


A standard piece of gold is made from a combination of pure gold and other metals such as copper or silver. The alloy makes the metal harder and more durable than pure gold and less expensive. 24K gold jewelry, on the other hand, is made from 100% pure gold, contains no other metals, and is very soft and the most expensive gold type.



HOW MUCH IS PURE GOLD?


The cost of pure gold depends on the current market value, but it's typically around $1,850 per ounce. 


24k pure gold jewelry costs more since the design, time, and labor factor in. For example, a simple, pure gold band may cost a few hundred dollars, while a more intricate piece could cost several thousand dollars.



HOW TO TELL IF SOMETHING IS REAL GOLD?


The easiest way to tell if something is 100 percent gold is by looking for a stamp that says "24k". A piece of gold with this stamp consists of 24 pure gold karats. Another way to tell if an item is pure gold is by color. The color of pure gold is always a deep, saturated yellow. If you see anything else, it's not pure gold.



WHAT DOES PURE GOLD LOOK LIKE?


Real 24-karat gold is a beautiful, lustrous metal with a rich yellow color. Some even think that pure gold's natural yellow color is too saturated. So, if you see a piece of gold jewelry that's too dull, it's probably not pure gold.



DOES 100 PERCENT PURE GOLD TARNISH?


The million-dollar question! Well, in short, the answer is yes… kind of. 24k gold jewelry doesn't actually rust or corrode like other metals, but it can develop a stain due to contact with substances such as chlorine and certain salts. So while 100 percent pure gold may not technically tarnish, it can still look a little worse if you don't take proper care of it.

 


CAN A 24K GOLD RING BE RESIZED?


Yes, a 24k gold ring can be resized - with the right tools and experienced hands! However, depending on the size difference needed and the type of design, it could be harder or easier to resize. For these reasons, it is usually best to consult a professional jeweler before trying any resizing on a 24k gold ring. They can assess your specific situation and advise you as to whether or not it can be done.



WHY DO SOME PEOPLE ONLY BUY PURE GOLD?


When it comes to buying a piece of gold, many people opt for pure gold. Not only is pure gold a beautiful metal, but it’s also hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for people with sensitive skin. Pure gold jewelry is made from 24 karat gold, 100% pure gold. Because it doesn’t contain any other metals, it’s less likely to cause skin irritation or allergies.



WHERE TO BUY PURE GOLD?


You can purchase pure gold jewelry from a variety of places, including online stores and brick-and-mortar retailers. Whenever you buy real gold, check the piece for a karat stamp. This stamp will tell you how pure the gold is.


Always seek out reputable retailers to ensure you buy real gold, or your purchase may not be worth the investment.



HOW LONG DOES 24K GOLD LAST?


Pure gold does not rust, corrode, or tarnish. However, because it's a soft metal, 24-karat gold scratches and dents easily; if you're looking for a piece of jewelry that will withstand everyday wear, we recommend you purchase gold with a lower karat weight, such as 18k.

 


WHICH IS BETTER 24K VS. 18K GOLD?


It is hard to say, as it depends on who you ask and what your preference is.


24-karat gold is purer, more valuable, appears brighter in color, and won't cause any skin reactions. Plus, it's worth more when you resell it.


However, 24K gold jewelry is also softer and more fragile, so you can't use it to make jewelry that will stand up to everyday wear and tear. That's why many jewelers prefer 18K gold — a balance between purity and durability in their creations. 



DOES 24 WHITE GOLD EXIST?


No, 24k white gold does not exist; the highest karat weight for white gold is 22k.


24K gold jewelry is a soft yellow metal that is too malleable to be used in everyday jewelry. Instead, most white gold pieces consist of pure gold blended with white metals like silver, nickel, palladium, and zinc. The highest-karat white gold alloy is 22k, which contains 92 percent gold and 8 percent other metals. 



WRAPPING UP


Now that you know more about 24-karat gold jewelry, we hope you feel confident about your purchase. Pure gold is a great choice if you're buying gold for its beauty, value, or hypoallergenic properties. But remember, it's not the best option for everyday wear because it's so soft and scratches easily. So if you're looking for a piece of gold to wear daily, we recommend opting for a lower karat gold alloy like 18k. Thanks for reading!