Is 9K considered real gold?


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Is 9K considered real gold?

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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:32:26+00:00 1 Answer 9 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 generally used in jewelry making; 9 karat means that only 9 parts of that alloy are gold and the rest is a mixture of 15 parts other metals, which means that 9 karat gold is only a mere 37.5% pure gold.
    While it is true that 9K has 37.5% gold content, since the minimum standard for gold legally used in jewelry in the United States is 10K gold, this means that 9K gold is not always considered to be true gold, depending on the country and region where it is sold. So unfortunately you may not be able to find any jewelry stores in the US that will sell 9K gold jewelry for you, and personally I would not recommend buying 9K jewelry. Unless you are more concerned about the price and can afford the poorest and most tarnishable gold color and the greatest risk of skin irritation.

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