(Closed) 14K vs. 18K?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MsCotton: White gold?? Or Yellow Gold??

White gold – when they’re both rhodium plated you wont be able to tell the difference.  When the plating wears off, the 18K band may look a bit “warmer” than the 14K e-ring.  There are other factors involved that will affect the color.. ie. what alloys were used with the white gold.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

The 18k band is likely more expensive because it has more gold in it than a 14k band. A 14k ring will also be more scratch resistant because it has less gold in it (gold is a very soft metal). I’d take both things into consideration when deciding to spend more on an 18k ring. Also, it would depend on how much more the 18k ring cost!

Like CaliforniaLove said, 18k and 14k yellow gold bands will look slightly different beside one another, but it might not matter to you.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

My understanding is the higher karat gold means there’s more actual gold in it (which is why it’s more expensive).  Also – the higher gold percentage also creates a softer piece of metal.  Meaning 14K is harder than 18K.  

I’ve had higher carat yellow gold rings, and they are very delicate.  For every day wear, I’d stick with the 14K, personally.

Something also to keep in mind, you may have to get the white gold ‘redipped’ from time to time.  It does tarnish (as the other materials start to show over the ‘whiteness’ of the gold).

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MsCotton: Yes, you could always redo the rhodium plating.

With your husbands ring, replating would likely make the entire ring white (unless there’s some special process for mixed gold rings that I’m unaware of).  There will always be a distinct difference in metal colors (18k WG v. 18 YG) after the plating wears off, but not as prominent.  I don’t think most guys care, but if he does, you should probably go with a PLAT/Yellow Gold mix, or a Palladium/Yellow Gold mix, so that you wont have to worry about replating.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with pp, mine is 14k and I’m happy with that. My sister had a 9K ring and I nearly considered that because hers never scratched and still looks good as new and she has never had it cleaned or polished.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

yeah, I always wondered why anybody would choose 18k white gold on purpose, since it is slightly more yellow, and softer than 14k. 

my e-ring is 18k and I wish it was not. it got visible scratches only weeks after it was polished. also, I worry that my 14k wedding ring will wear it down since it’s harder, so I feel like I have no choice but to have them fused together.

here’s a site that explains the differences between 10k, 14, and 18k gold. it turns out 10k gold tarnishes somewhat, I didn’t know that!

http://www.rokstok.com/white-gold-handbook.php

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We went with 14K white gold for my ring because it was cheaper and more durable!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oracle is right on! The 14k is more durable than the 18k. 18k is softer. Our jeweler suggested the 14k since I’d be wearing it daily.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would stick with 14k, so they match in color and because the 14k will be harder and might scratch the 18k.  It doesn’t seem like it is worth the extra money for the 18k band unless you had an 18k e ring and needed them to match.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would stick with 14k, so they match in color and because the 14k will be harder and might scratch the 18k.  It doesn’t seem like it is worth the extra money for the 18k band unless you had an 18k e ring and needed them to match.

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