FAQ: Pure Gold


Gold is one of the most popular precious metals, and for 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 jewelry is also called 24 karat (24K) gold, and it's the highest gold purity that you can get. 24 karat pure gold jewelry is 100% gold, without other metals or impurities.


WHAT IS FINE GOLD 999.9


Fine gold 999.9 is a purity level for gold that's also called 24 karat (24K) gold, and it's the highest purity of gold that you can get. 999 pure gold means that all 24 parts in the gold are pure gold without any other metals.

 

WHAT IS SOLID YELLOW GOLD?


Solid yellow gold is a term used to describe jewelry made entirely out of 100% gold, without other metals or impurities.


WHAT KARAT IS SOLID GOLD?


Solid gold jewelry is entirely made of gold, both inside and out, and is the most expensive and long-lasting type of fine gold jewelry. Solid gold jewelry comes in 10K, 14K, 18K, or 24K.


Karats (K) are percentages of actual gold in a piece of jewelry. Fine jewelry manufactured in Europe employs a different numbering system than karats; instead of 10K, 14K, 18K, and 24K, European jewelry has pure gold numbers like 417, 585, 750, and 999. These are known as "fineness" numbers, and they represent the percentages of actual gold content in the alloy, just like karats.


WHY IS PURE GOLD 24 KARAT?


First, let's explain the gold karat system. The word "karat" comes from the Italian carato, and it's a unit of measurement for gold purity. In the gold karat system, 24 karats are the highest possible purity. And because 24K gold is 100% pure gold, it's also the most expensive type of gold jewelry.


  • Real 24 karat gold is always 100% pure gold content because it does not contain other metals.


  • 22 karat gold is not pure gold. 22 karat gold means that 22 parts out of 24 are gold. The price for pure gold is higher than 22k because it contains more pure gold.


  • 18 karat gold means that 18 parts out of 24 are gold. The price for pure gold is higher than 22k; 22k costs more than 18 karat gold because it contains more pure gold metal.


  • 14 karat gold means that 14 parts out of 24 are pure gold karats. 18k costs more than 14 karat gold because it contains more pure gold metal.


  • 10 karat gold jewelry means that 10 parts out of 24 are pure gold karats. 14k costs more than 10 karat gold because it contains more pure gold metal. Do you see a pattern here?

 

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


The main difference between standard gold and 24 karats of gold is that 24k gold is pure gold, while regular gold is not. Regular gold content consists of a mix of metals, including silver and copper, making it harder and more durable than pure gold.


 However, it also means that it is not as valuable as 24 karats of gold.


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. The cost of pure gold has been on the rise in recent years as investors seek out safe-haven assets.


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 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" or "9999." An item with these two stamps consists of 24 pure gold karats, a.k.a 999 pure gold. Another way to tell if an item is pure gold is by its 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 may not be pure gold.


In fact, it's probably real gold plated. This means a thin layer of gold is fused to a base metal. The process is called electroplating, often used to give a piece of jewelry a more lustrous look. However, the real gold plating can wear away over time, revealing the base metal beneath. This fading causes the jewelry to take on a dull appearance.


DOES 100 PERCENT PURE GOLD TARNISH?


24 karat yellow gold is the highest purity of gold available. Pure gold (always an overly saturated yellow) is too soft to be used in jewelry; combining it with other metals creates a more durable metal. The higher the karat number, the more gold there is, and the fewer other metals are present. 24 karat yellow gold is also known as "fine gold jewelry," and it's the most expensive.


24k yellow gold jewelry does not tarnish, but it will slowly wear down and scratch. The more often you wear 100 percent pure gold, the faster it will show signs of wear. To keep your fine gold jewelry looking its best, take it off before going to bed, swimming, or doing any strenuous activity.


CAN A 24K GOLD RING BE RESIZED?


Yes, a 24k pure gold ring is resizable. Resizing a pure gold ring is usually done in four steps:


  • The first step is to determine how many sizes you need to resize the ring.


  • The second step is for the metalsmith to heat the gold, so it's malleable enough to work with.


  • The third step is for the metalsmith to add or subtract metal from the gold ring until it's the right size.


  • Finally, the fourth step is to let the gold cool and harden.


However, because a pure gold band is so soft, it's not ideal for everyday wear. So if you're planning on wearing your ring every day, we recommend you purchase gold in a lower karat weight.


WHY DO SOME PEOPLE ONLY BUY PURE GOLD?


Buying pure gold is a great option for people with hypersensitive skin. 24 karat pure gold jewelry is 100% hypoallergenic and won't cause skin irritation. Buying pure gold allows jewelry lovers with a metal allergy to still enjoy wearing gold.


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 is a durable metal that will last a lifetime with proper care. However, because it's a soft metal, 24 karat jewelry 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.


WHICH IS BETTER 24K VS. 18K GOLD?


24k vs. 18k gold is a matter of personal preference. If you want a piece of jewelry that's 100% hypoallergenic, then 24 karat jewelry is the better option. However, if you're looking for a piece of jewelry that's more durable, then 18k gold is a better choice.


DOES 24 WHITE GOLD EXIST?


No, 24k white gold does not exist. The highest karat weight for white gold is 22k. White gold is an alloy of gold and other metals, such as silver and palladium. The addition of these metals gives white gold its color.


WHY IS MY GOLD RING TURNING MY FINGER BLACK?


This happens when your pure gold is not genuine gold. Pure gold does not contain other metals, but most gold sold on the market is an alloy or mix of gold and other metals. The alloys usually contain silver, copper, nickel, and zinc. The percentage of pure gold in the alloy is the karat; the higher the karat number, the more pure gold there is in the alloy.


One of the other metals in the alloy can be oxidized or tarnished, and this can cause your skin to turn black. The most likely metal to cause this is copper. When you wear a gold ring with a high percentage of copper alloy, your skin reacts with the copper to form a black compound called copper sulfide. This copper sulfide is what causes the black discoloration on your skin.


If you have a gold ring leaving a black mark on your finger, you can try to clean it with mild soap and water. If this does not work, you may need to have the ring buffed or replated by a jeweler.


CONCLUSION


Now that you know a little more about 24k yellow gold jewelry, we hope you feel confident in your purchase. Whether you're buying gold for its beauty, value, or hypoallergenic properties, pure gold is a great choice. But remember, it's not the best option for everyday wear because it's so soft. So if you're looking for a pure gold ring to wear every day, we recommend opting for a less pure gold alloy. Thanks for reading!