18k Yellow Gold or 14k Yellow Gold for ering?!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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537 posts
Busy bee

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
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54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
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2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

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
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73 posts
Worker bee

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
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894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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 # 9
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Buzzing bee

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.

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