Gold jewelry is an investment piece of jewelry that can last forever if properly cared for. Buyers should consider the purity of the gold when purchasing gold chains.
Gold necklaces are offered in a variety of purities including 9ct which is 37.5% gold, 14k gold chains (58.33% pure gold), 18ct which is 75% gold, 22ct even higher at 91.66% gold and 24ct gold which is 99.99% gold. The higher the number of carats, the more pure gold in the chain.
Which is better 10K or 18K gold chain?
While a 10K gold bracelet
is less pure, the higher proportion of other metals mixed into the material actually makes it harder making them more durable. Gold is a soft metal and can damage easily, thus buyers may prefer a lower-carat chain for pieces they plan to wear frequently, saving the higher quality pieces for special occasions only.
What are the differences between yellow, silver and rose gold?
The color of pure gold is yellow. However, the majority of gold jewelry on the market is not 100% pure and is affected by the addition of alloys. The gold will change color depending on the type of metal alloy used and the percentage of each alloy. Gold earrings made from 14K yellow gold is usually a mixture of silver, copper and pure gold with minimal traces of zinc. The result of this mixture is the classic warm glow that yellow gold is known for.
Gold is a mixture of yellow gold with an alloy plating that gives it its silvery color. In order to create this signature white gold color, a gold ring requires a mixture of nickel, palladium, silver and other whitening alloys. This type of gold then undergoes the final step of plating, which is when the gold metal is covered in a layer of rhodium. White gold is a relatively long-wearing metal, but occasionally replating is required. Nevertheless, white gold is an affordable alternative to platinum and remains a popular color choice among gold buyers.
Finally, there is romantic rose gold which is created using a copper alloy. The higher the percentage of copper alloy in gold hoop earrings the rosier the hue. Rose gold necklaces for women have the same amount of pure gold as yellow or white gold. The difference is the ratio among the other metals used to make up the alloy mix. The preference over karats is whether the buyer wants a deeper (14k) or lighter (22k) rose color for their jewelry. Rose gold is lower maintenance than white gold because it does not need to be replaced. The hue comes from the alloy mixture, therefore there is no initial plating required.