Post # 1
I’m looking at Amazon and overstock.com and I see a bunch of 14k white gold plain bands that are like $20. Then there are others for $400. What gives? You get what you pay for, but where is this huge discrepancy coming from?
Post # 3
The only thing I could think of is one may be soild gold and the other is just plated? Mine is 10k gold (I am beastly hard on rings so I wanted to have something I couldn’t bend) but it was still like $100. The other thigh is the width because a 4-5 mm ring has more gold in it than a 2mm.
Post # 4
Be wary of things that say “14k gold-FILLED”, because it isn’t solid gold, and a gold OVERLAY also isn’t solid gold. That could explain the price difference.
Post # 5
They could also mean “gold the color” not “gold the metal.” You never know with listing online. I would go with a reputable jewler–you get what you pay for!
Post # 6
@mspartridge: The amount of gold that you would need to make a gold band would be more, in weight, than $20. I have a gold promise ring that I tried to sell and was offered $40 for the weight of it in gold and it is a thin, small band! I would expect that if you are paying less than $75, it’s likely gold plated or gold overlay or gold colouring.
Post # 7
i agree with pp. it also depends on the weight of the ring. gold is sold by the gram (or ounce) so obviously the more gold, the heavier, more $$. you would be surprised. my hubby’s old ring was only a 3mm but was heavier than my old 5mm.
also, i found that if it’s a comfort fit band, it is usually more $ too.
Post # 8
I agree with others. It probably has something to do with the weight of the ring. Though for $20, I think it made be only gold plated or gold filled. I haven’t seen a gold band (even a thin one) for less than $100 lately. The price of gold is high.
Post # 9
Oh wow, thanks everyone! This is all new to me so now I know what to look for.