Post # 1
I need some help! My fiance and I were looking at wedding bands for him the other day. He wants gold – not cobalt or any of the other metals. I’m totally fine with that. He picked out a 6mm band, but we are having difficulty choosing between 10k and 14k white gold. There is a $300 price difference between the two karats (10k being cheaper, obviously) which is quite significant. Which karat should we choose and why? I know 14k is “better”… but, why? Would a 10k ring be okay too?
Post # 3
My suggestion is that you go for the 10k. Lower karat gold is actually stronger and scratches/dents less than higher karats (which is much softer). For guys, I would recommend the lesser karats for a stronger ring. I don’t think you’d be able to tell visually the difference between the two.
Post # 4
i got my Darling Husband a 10K ring for the reasons @Happy2bMrs: made above – 10K is less pure, so it is stronger and scratches and dents less easily
he’s been wearing it daily since our wedding, is a police officer, and there is no scratch or dent on it yet
Post # 5
Get the 10K, especially if he works with his hands or is hard on jewelry. After time, the higher carat weight one will distort and wear much sooner.
Post # 6
I think that for all practical purposes the 10k and 14k are essentially identical. And in fact, the 10k will be stronger and stand up better over time than the softer 14k. If he doesn’t have any emotional attachment to the 14k (some people just want the gold that’s worth more!) then I would say go with the 10k for sure.
My Fiance wanted his ring to be made from the same gold as mine, so I had to get him an 18k ring! Man, he’d better be careful with it, haha!
Post # 7
Thanks! I just talked to him about it and we agreed to go with 10k band. I am so relieved! Now, how can I put that $300 savings back into the wedding?? Hmmmmmm?
Post # 8
@Happy2bMrs: Exaxtly what I was going to say- the lower the karat the stronger the ring will be. My ring is 18k and scratches really easily. Totally getting 9k for Fiance (9k, 14k and 18k are the only ones we ever see in the UK?)