Post # 1
I know there are plenty of topics about what purity is better (18k YG vs 14k YG) but I would love to hear recent opinions on why you like the metal mixture that you decided to buy and how wear and tear has effected your ring.
We have already picked out a lovely stone for my ering but now the big debate (for me at least) is what purity of YG. The stone will be set as a solitaire. I am leaning towards 18k (with 14k WG prongs) because I love the buttery look, but some jewelers that I’ve visited have made me rethink the higher gold content choice- “too soft for everyday, scratches, dings, breaking” Breaking…what does that even mean!? And my favorite, “no one will be able to tell the difference.”
I know I will wear my ring in most situations unless we’re doing something extreme like rock climbing or using harsh chemicals; I have a desk job.
What do you all prefer and why? Thanks for the help! I won’t object if you post your ring pics 😉
This topic was modified 2 years ago by jar111415.
Post # 2
jar111415: I would personally go with 14k Yellow Gold if you’re harder on your hands. The higher the purity, the softer the metal. I had an 18k White Gold ring that was a graduation gift from my parents after high school. I wore it every day and just from natural body heat and accidentially dinging it on things, the overall shape of the ring appearend elongated and scratched easier.
The idea of a more “pure” metal may seem attractive, but in practicality, I like the idea of 14k gold. Honestly, no one can tell the difference, and your ring will last in regards to wear and tear. 18k will wear away with time, will bend, scratch, and possibly even break due to the thinning of the metal.
Here’s a great article that highlights the pros and cons of each! http://www.diffen.com/difference/14k_Gold_vs_18k_Gold
Let me know what you decide to go with! 🙂
Post # 3
I am thinkung of getting YG as well and I want to get 14k. Its more durable and less expensive. I have 18k gold bracelets and due to body heat, they are more oval now. I’m okay with that but bc a ring is on my hands and I use my hands more than any body part, I don’t want the gold to bent ot change. I have a 10k gold ring and with that, it still bent before.
Post # 4
jar111415: I would highly suggest 14k.
I have an 18k gold ring- and while it’s beautiful, it’s much softer- and has endured some mega scratches and a gauge. They can always get repaired– but this is a RHR I now only wear for special occasions. I choose 14k gold for both my ering and my band- and they are much more durable.
Post # 5
18k is yellower and 14k is slightly more durable – unless you are a keen swimmer. (Chlorine reacts with the alloys in the ring but not the gold.)
If you plan on having engraved rings with complex patterns I would recommend 14k so that the pattern is less likely to wear away. Otherwise feel free to choose 18k.
My rings are 18k. My wedding ring used to be 2mm wide but now, after 27 years of marriage, wear and polishing, it is 1.9mm wide. It still looks beautiful.
Post # 6
My e-ring is about 100 years old in 18K gold. There’s some small scratches but overall it’s held up well. I like the color more than 14K gold.
Post # 7
18k is very soft. My ering is 18k and gets scratched up and the milgrain gets all beaten down sooooo fast even though I try to baby it a little and don’t wear it to the gym. My wedding band is 14k and still looks perfect, even though I wear it to the gym, lift weights, basically never take it off. From my experience, I’d take 14k over 18k any day, and have actually considered having the back of my ering redone in 14k.
Post # 8
peacock0320: Thank you for that comparison website- it just confirmed that I am able to tell the difference and I prefer haha. Last night I picked out the setting-18k YG. I will have to see if the oval shape will bother me. I’m thinking about getting it reset anyway as a double claw prong (!!!) in the near future…but that’s another post.
Supersleuth: Your rings are beautiful! Thanks for the picture. I love the simple bands to showcase the stone.
Thanks for everyone’s input! I’m 95% sure about choosing the 18k YG. If it’s too soft, I’ll probably reset in 14k. I just love the look of the 18.
Post # 9
I have always preferred 14kt yg. I think 18ky is too soft. My 14kt is scratched to high hell…so I can only imagine 18kt yg. I wouldn’t even think of trying 10kt gold…it’s mostly alloy and I have a metal allergy. I can tell the diff between 14kt and 18kt yg….18kt has a yellower and more saturated tone.