Is 10K considered real gold?


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Is 10K considered real gold?

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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:32:10+00:00 1 Answer 3 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 carats, and the different carat numbers represent the ratio of gold mixed with other metals.
    For example, pure gold is 24 karat, 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; 10 karat means the alloy is a mixture of 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals, meaning the alloy is only 41.7% pure gold.
    Therefore, although it cannot be called pure gold, 10K gold is indeed real gold or solid gold. It is the lowest purity solid gold and will have the lightest yellow color due to the lowest gold content, and it is also the least expensive and most resistant gold alloy. The biggest disadvantage is that it may cause skin irritation due to the higher content of other metals and the pale yellow color will lose its luster quickly.

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