10K Gold vs 14K Gold: Which is Better?


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10K Gold vs 14K Gold: Which is Better?

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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:15:35+00:00 1 Answer 7 views 0

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    The gold used to make jewelry is not actually pure gold, because pure gold is very soft and malleable, which would cause many problems when used as jewelry – such as not holding stones easily, scratching easily, denting or breaking. Therefore, when making jewelry, jewelers often mix gold with other metals to form alloys of varying purity, which can also increase the durability of gold as jewelry to varying degrees.
    People usually measure the purity of gold in Karats, and the different karat numbers represent the ratio of gold mixed with other metals.
    For example, pure gold is 24K, which means it is a mixture of 24 parts gold and 0 parts other metals, but of course this pure gold is not usually used for jewelry making; 14K means the alloy is a mixture of 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals, meaning the alloy has 58.3% gold purity. 10K means the alloy is a mixture of 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals, meaning the alloy has purity is only 41.7%.
    – The difference in price. Since 10K gold contains less pure gold than 14K gold, the price of 10K gold will be slightly lower than 14K gold. This is the biggest advantage of 10K gold.
    – The difference in durability. As I said earlier, pure gold is not suitable for jewelry making because it is too soft. The content of other metals determines the durability of the finished jewelry. Since 10K gold has a higher content of other metals than 14K gold, it is also more durable.
    – The difference in color. The color of pure gold is very bright, closer to a bright orange than the warm gold color found in gold jewelry. Therefore, in the case of yellow gold, a lower pure gold content means that the color will be duller. This is why 10K gold looks closer to having faded.
    All in all, in terms of cost effectiveness, 10K gold is far inferior to 14K gold. Firstly because 10k gold is not much cheaper than 14k gold, which means you’re only paying a small amount less for much lower quality metal. secondly 14k gold is durable enough for everyday wear, unless you think your jewelry will get badly abused. Finally 10K gold increases the risk of skin irritation due to the higher content of other metals, in addition to its low purity and dull color.

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