18k gold for everyday wear?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 2
1533 posts
Bumble bee

..I tend to choose 14k because  I’m very active and hard on my hands.  And not fond of platinum.

I just ordered a 14k rose gold RH ring for everyday wear. Apparently it’s a strong alloy

Post # 3
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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Swimstuff :  I have a promise ring my fiance gave me 8 years ago I wear every day that is 14K white gold. it’s not a couple little scratches, but I have worn it every ady for the past 8 years and never had an issue with it bending, falling off or being damaged.

My engagement ring is 19K, a special quality that only Spence Jewlers uses, or so they told us. I;ve been wearing my engagement ring every day since April and again, never had issues with it bending or being damaged in any way. 

They definitely both feel just as secure and sturdy to me!

Post # 5
163 posts
Blushing bee

My e-ring is 14K white gold, but I do have an 18K rose gold ring that I wear all the time on my right hand. I’ve had it for over 3 years now and I do notice it has some surface scratches to it more than I do with other rings, but it might be because its a plain band so its a lot more metal without stones compared to my other rings. It’s also thicker than most of my other rings, so the softness in the metal hasn’t been an issue for me. So far there’s nothing that would make me not wear it or be hesitant to get another 18K ring in the future.

Post # 6
1219 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

My ring is 18K and so far so good! 

Post # 7
880 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I can’t speak to 18k myself, but I can say that my engagement ring and wedding band (which I can’t wear til June, but I have in my possession! Haha) are 14k and it seems to be really durable. I’m pretty clumsy and will admit to accidentally banging my ring several times, but it’s never left a mark on my ring! 

I wonder if the difference between 14 and 18 is that big in terms of strength? I don’t know enough about gold to be sure!

Post # 8
2834 posts
Sugar bee

I wear mostly 18kt gold and have not had a problem.  I’m fairly gentle on my jewelry and I do take off my rings if I’m doing to be doing anything like home improvement projects.

If you are concerned and prefer 14kt for peace of mine but prefer the color of 18kt, I have seen some 10-14 kt YG pieces that have been plated or washed in a higher karat YG before.  That might be an option?

Post # 9
6305 posts
Bee Keeper

My engagement ring is 18K gold. It is around 26 years old, and it still looks great! I don’t wear it all the time now, as I have a few different sets. (Been married for a while.) But my husband and I were engaged for 6 years, and I wore my ring all the time during those 6 years. And I mean that literally. I never took it off. I did all the things you’re not supposed to do in a ring: slept in it, washed dishes in it, took care of pets, gardened, cooked, cleaned house, etc. To look at it now, you would never guess it had been through that type of hard wear.

Over time, the only change that happened to it was that the metal at the bottom of the ring turned more into an oval than a round. It is because the ring shaped itself, more or less, to my finger over time. It is not a structural problem, and it’s not even something you can see when my ring is on my finger.

Whenever I do a project or buy a fine jewelry setting now, I usually get 14K gold. But that is only because it is cheaper.

If your sweetheart loves the look of 18K, I think you will be fine going with that metal.

Post # 10
772 posts
Busy bee

18k should be fine for daily wear. Even 22k (not common in the US) is fine, as long as it is just a plain band with no stone setting. 

Post # 12
1216 posts
Bumble bee

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Swimstuff :  My engagement ring is 18k with platinum prongs. 14k is cheaper, but if she prefers the richness of 18k I wouldn’t hesitate to go with that. If you look at alot of the luxury brands like Tiffany, they use 18k. One note, white gold is rhodium plated, so platinum may be a better option in that case.

Post # 14
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My engagement ring and wedding ring are 18k. I also wear my gran’s wedding ring which was second hand when she got it and is 18k. It’s at least 70 years old and been worn daily all that time, and the only damage was from the hospital forcing her ring off when she broke her wrist a couple of years ago.

Post # 15
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2020 - City, State

My Mother-In-Law passed down an 18k white gold ring to me as a stand-in e-ring. I think it’s unplated but I can’t really tell. I wore it for over a year, never taking it off except to shower. I did dishes with it, moved furniture with it, backpacked with it, climbed rocks with it. No idea how old it is, but I’d say at least 30 years old. The bottom has turned a little bit duller and darker, I think that’s a reaction to sweat? And there’s a few tiny dings from when either I or my Mother-In-Law were too aggressive with our ring. You can’t see any of this though since it’s on the bottom. The top looks in very good condition, nothing noticeably wrong with it at all.


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