GOLD-FILLED JEWELRY: UNDERSTANDING KARAT WEIGHT
When it comes to buying gold-filled jewelry, it's important to understand the different karat weights that are available. So, what is karat weight?
Q: WHAT IS KARAT WEIGHT?
Karat weight is a unit of measurement for gold purity. The higher the karat, the purer the gold. 24-karat gold is 100% pure gold. 18-karat gold is 75% pure gold. 14-karat gold is 58.3% pure gold. 10-karat gold is 41.7% pure gold.
The karat weight of gold jewelry is stamped on the piece. For example, a 14K gold necklace would contain the stamp "14K" or "14Kt" (the 't' stands for 'teller,' a German word meaning 'weight').
Gold purity is important because pure gold is very soft and not suitable for jewelry use because it scratches, bends, and dents easily. So, alloys such as silver and copper are added to gold to make it harder and more durable.
The karat weight of gold can also affect its price. Pure gold is more expensive than gold with lower purity levels. In general, as more alloys are added to pure gold, the price goes down.
When buying gold jewelry, be sure to check the karat weight, so you know what you're getting. Also, be aware that the karat weight does not necessarily indicate the quality or value of the jewelry. There are other factors to consider, such as the piece's design, craftsmanship, and rarity.
WHAT DOES 10K GOLD-FILLED MEAN?
10k gold-filled means that the jewelry consists of a layer of 10-karat gold (41.7% pure gold) bonded to another metal.
WHAT DOES 14-KARAT GOLD-FILLED MEAN?
14-karat gold-filled jewelry contains a layer of 14-karat gold (58.3% pure gold) over a base metal.
WHAT DOES 18-KARAT GOLD-FILLED?
WHAT IS 14/20 GOLD-FILLED?
14/20 is a type of gold-filled jewelry. The "14" refers to the karat weight of the gold used, while the "20" indicates that the metal has been plated with a minimum of 1/20 pure gold by weight. This makes 14/20 gold-filled a more affordable option than solid gold while still providing the look and feel of real gold.
Now that you know a little more about gold-filled jewelry and karat weight, you can make informed choices when shopping for gold jewelry. Be sure to check the karat weight of any gold jewelry you're considering so you know what you're getting. And remember, the karat weight does not necessarily indicate the quality or value of the jewelry, so don't forget to consider other factors such as design, craftsmanship, and rarity.