When choosing a ring, it’s important to choose the right metal. Gold is an iconic and classic choice and, for many, their first choice. But not all gold is the same. Thankfully, there are some alternatives. Each of these can differ in appearance, durability and feel, and will impact your choice of gold.
But what are these differences? Well, if you wish to know more about the differences between 14K, 18K, and 24K gold, read on.
14K has a 58.3% purity level and thus is very durable while still retaining a large amount of pure gold and is still relatively affordable. It is a very practical choice for rings you will wear every day or relatively often, such as engagement rings and wedding bands.
18k Gold has a 75% purity level and is the purest form of gold used extensively in jewelry. It has the typical warm golden hue that people imagine when they think of gold jewelry but due to its high purity level, it is significantly more expensive than 14K gold and more easily scratched with daily wear and tear.
24k Gold is the highest karat level for gold, it is 100% pure gold. Pure gold has a very rich yellow-orange, is very soft and malleable, and is also quite heavy. Because 24k Gold is pure gold it is also the most expensive of all the options. As it's quite soft, it's not suitable for jewelry.