18k gold for everyday wear?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
7984 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

More places carry 14k because it is less expensive. 18k contains 75% gold while 14k contains less than 60%, so it’s a significant difference in composition and color for a nominal difference in durability.  For fine jewelry, I consider 18k standard. My rings are 18k yellow gold with platinum prongs, and I far prefer their color to 14k. There is very little difference in durability. 

Post # 17
115 posts
Blushing bee

I am getting rose gold for my ring.   I love the soft color of 18k and asked my jeweler if getting 18k is problematic.  She said that if I am not going to sleep in it, etc, it’s really no big deal.  And it looks like even some people do sleep in their 18k rings and don’t have issues! I think it’s one of those things that is blown a little out of proportion.  Also, I think it would drive me nuts to sleep with a big rock on my finger lol so I feel great about getting 18k!

Post # 18
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I got an 18k yellow gold, six-prong ring about a year ago. With pave stones (living dangerously!)

Honestly, if it’s well-crafted, you will be fine. I wear mine all of the time except to shower and I took my ring in for a one-year cleaning. My jeweler said it looked amazing, no issues at all.

Post # 19
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

In Australia 14k gold is almost non-existant. Everything is either 18k or 9k/10k.

LITERALLY everyone I know has a 18k engagement ring (including myself) and I don’t know of any of them that have had structural problems. My mother and aunties’ have worn their rings since the day they got engaged, which is about 30 years. They rarely take them off, and they definitely don’t take them off for things like sleeping/ showering/ gardening/ cooking/ etc.


Post # 20
120 posts
Blushing bee

My engagement ring is 18k gold and I love the look of it – it is so luxe. It’s not too pale, but not too yellow either. I haven’t had any issues with mine, perhaps due to my ring being a solitaire diamond on a plain gold band.

Post # 21
1453 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

After 10 months of consistent wear our 18k bands look great, I’d say so far so good and am happy with our choice, I wouldn’t rule it out if I were you 🙂

Post # 22
4594 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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Swimstuff :  my rings are 18k. Not had any problems. But I’m not worried about the softness or it getting scratched as, to me, that’s part of the charm. We chose sand cast rings which gives them a texture and are unique in their own way. Over time bits will undoubtedly get smoothed or scratched but that’s part of the journey. It gives them provenance.

Post # 23
3170 posts
Sugar bee

My wedding ring is 18k yellow gold. I have to say that 31 years ago it was a 2mm ring. After wearing it for over three decades it is now a 1.9mm ring. I’m not rough on jewellery but I do wear my rings all the time except for gardening and DIY. Although 18k does get scratched it is very easy to polish and I’ve polished it regularly.

My diamond ring is also 18k yellow gold and I’ve had it for six years. Again, no problems. The prongs are 18k yellow gold too and I’ve not had to have them replaced or retipped.



Post # 24
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’d 100% do 14k. 18k is to soft for everyday wear it only for  special occasion pieces. 18k will scratch easier and is not suitable for long term everyday wear.

Post # 25
1 posts
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Toronto, Ontario

My bridal set is 18 Kt and I have been wearing them for a few months on and off. I have only noticed faint scratching but it is part of the patina look of 18 Kt gold and I get them polished too. My fiance and I just recently announced our engagement so I get to wear my rings more often, however, I do take them off when I am cleaning, showering, cooking etc. I know a lot of people think 14 Kt is more solid, but the beauty of 18 Kt yellow gold is marvelous and has more weight to it. Here are photos of my rings:

Post # 26
41 posts
  • Wedding: December 2019

18k is worth more and has more gold in it. 

Post # 27
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I have an 18k engagement ring and I wear it everyday and sleep in it etc,  it is softer than 14k but still hard enough for everyday. For perspective 24k is very soft and will bend with everyday wear. 

Post # 28
5549 posts
Bee Keeper

18kt is fine for a daily wear ring. I wore 2 for decades with no issue. I prefer 18kt. High end designer jewelry such as Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef and Arpels use 18kt. I dont like 14kt, too much alloy, and I dont find it to be much sturdier than 18kt. Plus the color of 18kt is more appealing visually.

Post # 29
206 posts
Helper bee

If you are getting a plain band, like a solitaire, I would do 18kt with platinum prongs. If you want to add pave, side stones, etc, I would get 14kt. This is the advice my jeweler gave me when my fiance and I upgraded from a plain band to pave.

Also, with pave, you don’t really notice the color of the yellow gold, so I would prefer to just have it be more sturdy. If it is a solitaire band then the yellow gold is really front and center so you might as well splurge for 18! 🙂

Post # 30
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I am not a graceful lady… often clumsy, and sort of rough (not on purpose!) it was suggested to me that I get no higher than 14k white gold, and even that 10k white gold maybe the absolute best as it is the strongest, we went with 14K white gold and I have been happy with it! I feel any gold will last as long as it’s cared for it’s just preference of if you need something stronger or not =)

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