Post # 1
My wedding set is 18k white gold, but as I think of it, why would you pay more for 18k when you’re getting white gold? White gold is rhodium plated so that it stays bright white. It would seem that even if it’s high quality white gold, unplated 18k white gold would have more of a gold color than 14k, which is not desireable for white gold jewelry. Also, 18k gold is softer than 14k. I understand why you would get 18k yellow or rose gold, because the color is richer than 14k, but I don’t think I totally understand why you would pay more for 18k white gold. I feel like I’m missing something here 😛 Educate me please bees!!! 🙂
Post # 3
The problem is, you pay about $150 more for 18k because its 75% gold and it feels more expensive, but when you go to melt it, you get a $50 difference!
AND BEES WITH ROSE GOLD 18k IS NOT BETTER!
ask any jeweler, 18k rose breaks in the mold all the time, making it more brittal of a metal combination. 14k rose has more copper mixed in and is just as pink – whoever says otherwise doesn’t understand.
If you want a more pure metal and can’t buy platinum, 18k is not the way to go. as mentioned its really soft. I’d get palladium.
Post # 4
I am curious to see what the replies will be.
We just ordered a new set and the jeweler tolod us to go with 14k for all the reasons you mentioned.
Post # 5
i think the only reason 18k white is popular is because the big names use it in their fine jewelry, but people who can afford name brands like that don’t wear their rings during labor intensive handywork like most working moms and women today. its not practical its luxury.
Post # 6
I wish we’d had the option of 14K gold instead… our manufacturer only uses 18K and it’s so soft, my first anniversary is in 3 weeks and already the milgrain is GONE from the base of my wedding band from rubbing on my engagement ring.
I’m having it repaired now, and soldered to the ering to prevent further wear, but as angietime said, it’s an impractical luxury that I would never had chosen on my own.
Post # 7
I’ve wondered this as well
Post # 8
not all white gold is rhodium plated, it depends on the jeweler, and your personal preference. also, different white golds appear more or less yellow depending on the quality of the alloy. my ring is 18k white gold, unplated, and it is actually just a tiny bit whiter looking than one of my 14k white gold rings when you compare them side by side.
I didn’t choose my 18k ring, it was a surprise. and I lucked out that it ended up being a good one. but honestly, I would not have picked 18k if I had the choice. 14k is harder and costs less.
Post # 9
I much prefer 18k for yellow gold as it has a much richer color than 14k yellow and to me, a better overall glow. That’s one definite reason for going with 18k gold, though it’s softer. For rose and white, I would only buy 14k.
Post # 10
My e-ring is 14K white gold, the level of gold didn’t matter to me, as long as it was white gold then who cares. I didn’t want platinum due to costs, I think its insane to pay so much more for something that looks the same as white gold or silver, but I didn’t want silver since it tarnishes so much easier.
Post # 11
I go for 14k cause like everyone else says.. its stronger. Ive had 18k and lose the stones as soon as Im not careful with my hands. No likey.
* Random rant.. I remember looking for jewelry related stuff online and would crack up when women complained their gold rings were cheap cause they were scratched so soon after getting them like “OMG I just got my ring and its already scratched up! What gives!?” and Im like.. durrr. lol
Post # 12
The reason it cost more is because 18k has more precent gold than 14k does.
18k gold has 25% alloy & 75% gold. 14k has 42% alloy & 58% gold.
So the cost difference is because one has more gold% than the other.
Post # 13
@Metalkisses: Yea I agree. I like 14k the most. The alloys make it alot stronger!
24k is pure gold & can actually melt under the sun (the shank can bend to the shape of your finger!)
Post # 14
im perfectly comfortable with 10k gold jewelry i have, great for daily wear
my set is 14k, because thats the lowest grade that was offered, i dunno prestige sales pitch i guess
my FI has an 18 or 20k gold ring which he never wears because it gets scratches from air
i have 18 and 24k earrings and necklaces which are fine, but for rings and bracelets i prefer durability
Post # 15
My engagement ring is 18k and I hate it. It turns yellow after about 2 weeks.
My wedding band is 14k gold and I have had it on since my wedding day and it still looks brand new.
I wish the salesman would have told my husband what a pain in the ass 18k white gold would be because to make it look nice, I would have to dip it once a month.
Post # 16
My wedding band is 18k rose gold. 18k was the only thing offered. However, the company mixes Palladium in with the gold when they make them.