What To Know When Shopping For Gold
You’ve decided to buy a gold ring. Now what? Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors you should consider when buying a gold ring.
Gold karat is a number that tells you how many parts pure gold are in a jewelry piece, out of a total of 24 parts. For example, 10 karat gold rings contain approximately 42 percent gold (10 divided by 24), and the rest is other metals like zinc, nickel, or other alloy metals. This means that higher karat gold is more expensive as it is purer. That is why it’s important to take price into consideration when deciding on a karat.
The typical Karats you will see are 10 karat, 14 karat and 18 karat gold.
Here is what makes up each karat type:
10 karat gold is made up of 42% pure gold, 58% alloy
14 karat gold is made up of 58% pure gold, 42% alloy
18 karat gold is made up of 75% pure gold, 25% alloy
From the ground pure gold starts with a yellow color. How do jewelers make white gold, rose gold and yellow gold jewelry? To adjust the color of pure gold, it is cut with nickel, tin, and silver to create white gold. The beautiful rose golds that have become very popular over the last few years, are cut with copper alloy. The classic yellow golds are cut with brass and bronze alloy.
When shopping for gold jewelry pieces, you should also consider the durability of gold. Since pure gold is very soft, the lower the karat of the gold, the harder and more durable it will be. Low karat gold rings, such as 10k or 14k, are suitable for everyday wear as they are harder to scratch. Additionally, ring parts made of low karat gold are not bent or broken easily. High karat gold rings, such as 18k and 20k or higher, are a good choice for jewelry items that you will not wear often. They will look more yellow than low karat gold, but they will scratch more easily.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking to buy a gift for that special someone, it’s important know about gold and how it’s made so that you will leave with the perfect piece.