Can you help me figure this out?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@LeonardLady:  I would say that all of the above is true…I would not get a 10k engagement ring. 14k is the best compromise for pretty pink and strength.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LeonardLady:  I think 10k is actually harder than 14. 14 is definitely preferable in white because its mainly a color difference. 14k tends to be the best combo of color vs durable (like the above PP mentioned) at least in WGs case. Im not really sure why 10k RG isn’t as popular, except that I personally think RG that is too coppery looks cheaper and sort of tinny? Not sure really how to explain it!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LeonardLady:  yes. Gold is REALLY malleable, which is why it is mixed with alloys in the first place. The lower the gold, the stronger. I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure if you love the look of 10k, you shouldn’t have durability issues! It’ll also save you a little bit of money! I think 14k is just considered “nicer” because the gold is purer and it’s more durable than 18k. Definitely ask a pro, and report back! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I have 14k and 18 rose gold.  I would get either 14k or 18k.  The more copper the redder it is, it is a mix of silver in with the copper that gets it pinky.  So 14k is the most pink like, imo.  18k is quite peachy.  I prefer the peach on myself, but my DH looks great in 14k.  His skin tone is really olive, whereas I am kinda peachy coloured.

 

Post # 10
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641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

The higher the carat the more gold content and therefore the softer the metal. 10k will be stronger, 18k softer and 22k is probably too soft. 14 k for a lady’s ring would be good and 10k for a gent is ideal.

Post # 11
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641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Remember gold is a very soft metal so the more gold content in the ring, the softer it is (and less sturdy)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@LeonardLady:  Is generally recommended that men get a harder, more sturdier metal because they are generally a lot harder on their rings than women are. That’s not to say all men are like that but most men I know go with a lower gold carat wedding band (most jewellers jewellers here also recommend this). My FI has chosen a 9k RG wedding band whereas I’m going with 18k YG (to match my e-ring).

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