Post # 1
Does it really matter when you are choosing yellow gold? I don’t have any 10k jewelry (in yellow that is) and I really want to get a yg plain band. Just not sure if I should go 10K or 14K. I know 10K is stronger but 14K is only about $20 difference and I will probably be stacking the band with some other 14K yellow gold jewelry I have. I have compared them side by side and there is minimal color difference that I could notice.
What should I go with>? 🙂
Post # 3
over time, the 10k can wear down the 14k, so if you wish to wear them on the same finger, go with 14k. However, for another finger save the money and go with 10 if you cant see the difference
Post # 4
My e ring is 14k my wedding band is 10k the color is not different but the 14 is a softer metal and will yellow faster and scratch easier
Post # 5
I tend to have very reactive skin, so this is not common, but my skin either changes colour with 10K gold or the gold changes colour (tarnishes). Because 10K gold is more alloy than gold, it is much more reactive than higher karat gold. Additionally, because the ring you will be pairing it with is 14K, I would keep the metals the same to match in colour as closely as possible.
And while everyone is quick to mention that lower karat gold is “stronger”, high karat gold has been used for jewelry for centuries with few ill effects. It isn’t a risk to the jewelry to be made from 18K gold, and in other countries, 22K and even pure 24K gold is commonly used. The strength difference between 10K and 14K is negligible and I would always choose the higher karat gold.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse
I have an 18K engagement ring and am looking at bands.
The amount of ‘wear’ that would be perceived by different karats of gold is quite negligible – I asked the jeweller. And even then, if you did start to notice a bit of wear, just turn it around on your finger so it’s the other side!
The only reason I am going for an 18K band is because the difference in the yellows (albeit fairly slight) would drive me nuts
Post # 7
10k gold generally turns my skin grey and I don’t really care for the shade of gold. I prefer 14k or higher.
Post # 8
If the difference in price is only 20 bucks, I’d say to just go for the 14k.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
It is recommended to use similar karats to avoid the 10k wearing out the 14k.
Post # 11
@LittleE3: Good point.
@echomomm: That is very true.
Makes more sense to then get the 14k. Thanks ladies!