FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT 22K GOLD


22k gold is a popular choice for jewelry. It's beautiful and valuable, making it an excellent investment. But what exactly is 22k gold? Keep reading to learn more about this precious metal



WHAT IS 22K GOLD?


24k gold is the softest, most malleable, and purest form of gold. This makes it easy to work with but also makes it susceptible to scratches and dents (unsuitable for jewelry wear). So, 24k gold is mixed with other metals to fix this problem. 22 karat gold means a piece contains 22 parts gold and 2 parts other metals (usually copper and silver), making it more durable for jewelry wear.



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 22K GOLD AND 24K GOLD?


22kt gold jewelry is about 91.6% pure, while 24k gold is about 99.9% pure (the purest form of gold). So, 24k gold is a bit purer than 22k gold, but this doesn’t necessarily make it better. In fact, 22kt gold jewelry is actually a more popular choice for jewelry because it is more durable and less likely to scratch.



WHAT IS THE PURITY OF 22K GOLD?


22 karat jewelry is an alloy of gold, silver, and other metals. The purity of 22K gold is about 91.6%, meaning that if you have one gram of 22K gold, it would contain 916 milligrams of pure gold; the rest of the weight would come from the additional mixed metals in the alloy.



IS 22K GOLD TOO SOFT FOR JEWELRY?


22k gold is a soft metal, so it's not the best choice for jewelry that you will wear every day.

 


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 22K GOLD VS. 916?


22k gold purity, also known as 916 gold, is approximately 91.6% pure gold; the remaining 8.33% is a combination containing additional mixed metals and alloys such as zinc, copper, silver, and palladium.



IS 22K GOLD DURABLE?


22k gold scratches less easily than 24 karat gold, but 22k is still a very soft metal that is not very durable.

 


CAN 22K GOLD TARNISH?


Yes, 22k gold can tarnish. However, it is not as susceptible to tarnishing as other metals with lower karat weights, such as 14k. This is because it contains a higher percentage of pure gold (which never tarnishes, corrodes, or rusts).


 

CAN 22K GOLD TURN GREEN?


While 22k gold can turn green, it is not very common. There are a few reasons why this might happen, but the most likely cause is exposure to chemicals or other materials that can cause a chemical reaction with the gold.



CAN YOU WEAR 22K IN THE POOL?


You should not wear 22k gold in a pool. Chlorine is 22k gold's worst enemy. With continual exposure, the chlorine will slowly degrade the structure of your gold jewelry, causing it to weaken.



CAN YOU WEAR 22K GOLD IN A JACUZZI OR HOT TUB?


As mentioned above, chlorine is 22k gold's worst enemy. It can significantly reduce the life of your jewelry. In addition to this, heat from the jacuzzi or hot tub can cause the metal to bend and curl.

 


CAN YOU WEAR 22K GOLD IN THE OCEAN?


Saltwater can corrode and tarnish 22k gold jewelry, making it less lustrous and potentially brittle. Over time, saltwater can cause gold to disintegrate completely.


Leaving your jewelry at home is best if you plan on swimming in the ocean or visiting a saltwater pool. If you do happen to wear your 22k gold in the water, make sure to rinse it off with fresh water as soon as possible.

 


CAN YOU WEAR 22K GOLD EVERY DAY?


22k gold is a soft metal, so it's not ideal for everyday use because 22k gold is not as strong as other types of gold, so it can scratch and dent easily.

 


DOES 22K GOLD TURN BLACK?


When 22 karat gold jewelry mixes with base metals, oxygen may cause it to discolor or tarnish. Oxidation is the loss of electrons as a result of this chemical reaction. When oxygen or water vapor seeps into the surface of 22k gold, it will break apart and cause corrosion. It then comes in contact with base metals and turns black.



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 18K AND 22K GOLD?


The difference between 18k and 22 kt gold is that 18k gold contains 75% pure gold, while 22k gold contains 91.67% pure gold. In addition, 18k gold is harder and more durable than 22k gold, making it more resistant to scratches and wear.

 


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 14K AND 22K GOLD?


The main difference between 14k and 22 kt gold is that 14k gold contains 58.3% pure gold, while 22k gold contains 91.7% pure gold. In addition, 14k gold is harder and more durable than 22k gold, making it more resistant to scratches and everyday wear.

 


HOW TO CLEAN 22K GOLD?


If your 22k gold jewelry looks dull, don't worry - you can easily clean it at home! All you need is a few simple household ingredients and some elbow grease.


To get started, mix equal parts dish soap and warm water in a bowl. Then, gently scrub your jewelry in soapy water using a soft toothbrush. Be sure to focus on any areas that seem particularly dirty or tarnished.


Once you've given your jewelry a good scrub, rinse it off with warm water. Then, dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth.



HOW TO CARE FOR 22K?


Gold is a soft metal that can be scratched or dented very easily. When cared for properly, your gold jewelry can last a lifetime. Here are a few tips on how to care for your 22K gold jewelry:


1. Always remove your gold jewelry before engaging in any physical activity. This includes exercise, yard work, and housework.


2. Remove your gold jewelry when you bathe or shower. Exposure to water can cause gold to tarnish over time.


3. Clean your gold jewelry with a polishing cloth regularly. This will help remove any built-up dirt or residue and will keep the metal looking shiny and new.


4. Store your gold jewelry in a safe place when not in use; ideally, you should store it in a jewelry box or pouch lined with fabric to prevent scratches.


5. Have your 22kt jewelry professionally cleaned every few years to keep it looking its best.



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