Gold Fineness and Karatage
18K (75% gold and 25% alloyed metals)
This is the most traditional mix of gold and other metals. 18K pieces tend to have a deeper yellow tone than 14K. Because of the higher gold content in 18K pieces, it will also yield a higher price than 14K, and is usually a sign of a higher quality piece of jewelry.
14K (58.3% gold and 41.7% alloyed metals)
This alloy offers more resistance to wear and tear than either 18K. It’s ideal for everyday use and is the most popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands. If you have an active lifestyle(sports, regular exercise, manual labor, etc.), 14K jewelry would be the best option for you.
- 10K (41.7% gold and 58.3% alloyed metals)