Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
I am planning on buying a yellow gold signet ring that I will wear nearly every day on my right hand. My other jewelry is platinum or rose gold, so I want to mix it up a bit and also like the “classic” style of yellow gold for a class ring style piece.
I’m trying to decide between 10k and 14k gold. While I know the 14k is a nicer grade and may look a little richer, I also worry about a soft metal because I use my hands quite a bit and can be rough on jewelry (have had to reshape some of my gold jewelry).
What would you do? Price is not necessarily a factor (the differece is under $200).
Post # 2
14k all the way. 10k will be very pale and is really the low end for fine jewelery. Really id opt for 18! But if not def 14.
Post # 3
14kg should be fine for most
hands-on-jobs. I currently work in a brewery and my ering is 14k white gold and I’ve banged it against kegs a few times (woops!) and amd generally rough on it, with no visible damage after 6 months. I specifically choose 14 over 18 for the hardness.
I agree with MrsBuesleBee:
if you want the classic look go for at least 14kg. The color really changes when you go lower than 12 IMO
Post # 4
I actually think 18kt looks the best. I wouldn’t get 10kt. I have worn my original gold engagement ring for many years without incident. Oddly rnough I have had platinum that has bent out of shape which is why I stick with 18kt.
Post # 5
I’ve heard that since silver prices are up that many jewelers are using more copper in their gold which is making 10k a darker richer color. Of course this can vary from jeweler to jeweler.
Post # 6
this is a great question! I actually really like the buttery color of the 10ct but I’m afraid it’s too soft for everyday. Plus, I keep thinking it will clash with basically everything. (who has anything 10ct theses days?)
Still, love the color (especially when brushed)
Post # 7
The difference in hardness between 10K and 14K is negligible, and I’d never forego gold content for durability. Like MrsBuesleBee said, I’d choose 18K as it is the standard for fine jewelry. 10K gold, depending on the alloy can actually tarnish or discolour and it can discolour the skin for some people. A 10K piece contains only 41.7% gold; it is mostly alloy.
Post # 9
I would go with 14k personally.
Post # 10
14k is not considered “soft”. also, 10k is not really gold – it’s more alloys than gold in it. if you’re concerned about softness, just stay away from 18k – but you should be perfectly fine with 14k
Post # 11
Personally, I like 10k gold better. I like the fact that its pale and not so yellow compared to the 14k or even 18k.