Is 9K gold good quality?


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Is 9K gold good quality?
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Anonymous 2022-07-06T02:25:59+00:00 1 Answer 4 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 24K, which means that 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; 9K means that only 9 parts of that alloy are gold, and the rest are mixed with 15 parts other metals, which is also the gold alloy with the lowest purity of gold, only 37.5%. In the United States 9K gold is not even legally recognized as gold for jewelry making.
    The biggest advantage of 9K gold is its great price and its durability and strength. If you are on a budget and want to wear jewelry all the time in your daily life, then 9K gold is a good choice.
    The disadvantages of 9K gold include: First, it is not very valuable and is not even recognized as jewelry gold in the United States because it is only 37.5% pure gold. Secondly, 9 karat gold is much paler in color compared to the bright warm yellow of high carat gold, so jewelry made from it may not be attractive enough when worn. Unless the jewelry needs to be worn for a specific occasion and the pale hue is not a concern. Last but not least, 9K gold is much less hypoallergenic than high carat gold due to the large amount of other metals that are mixed in, so if you are allergic to nickel, zinc, copper, etc., 9K gold may not be a good choice.
    Overall, the disadvantages of 9 karat gold outweigh the advantages. It is only valuable if you are interested in price and durability, as it definitely does not have the vibrant color that one would ideally expect from gold, not to mention being extremely allergenic.

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