(Closed) 9k, 14k, or 18k yellow gold ring?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: In your personal opinion, which karat yellow gold is the ideal choice for a ring?
    9k : (8 votes)
    8 %
    14k : (41 votes)
    40 %
    18k : (32 votes)
    31 %
    I didn't/wouldn't choose yellow gold : (21 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2006

    I know most people in the US don’t wear 9kt gold but it is very popular  in the UK.  My ering is 9kt and looks as good as the day I bought it.  If the ering came in 18kt I prob would have bought that, but it only came in 9 and I fell in love with it.  I have had my ring and wore it every single day for 7years and the colour is still rich looking and has no visable scratches that I can see. I am not kind with my hands and am very happy with my choice as it seems to have held up extremley well and still looks fab.

    Post # 4
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    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    18k is for delicate things like earrings or necklaces.  An 18k ring would be too soft and get banged up.  I vote for 14k.

    Post # 5
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    5011 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think it depends on the particular alloy as to whether 18k is soft. To have a 22k ring wouldn’t be good, but I’ve known plenty of people with 18k rings.

    Post # 5
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    5011 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think it depends on the particular alloy as to whether 18k is soft. To have a 22k ring wouldn’t be good, but I’ve known plenty of people with 18k rings.

    Post # 6
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    1473 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My ring is 18k gold with a platinum setting and it isn’t scratched up. At all. I’ve had it since February and it looks as good as new. I had to get it redipped in August, but I think that the chemicals in my skin just do that but it looks brand new now.

     

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    14kt seems to be a good compromise.  You get plenty of gold, and it’s harder than higher gold content.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    9k is mixed with other metals so it is more likely to cause an allergic rxn.  I like the look of 18k (and that is what I went with), but the yellows are very diff looking so if it doesn’t matter use the price and color diff as your guide.

    Post # 9
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    893 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Miss Circe:  I say 18K so it’s a higher gold-to-nickel ratio without the possibility of getting an allergic reaction to nickel, as well as not getting the orange shade.

    Post # 10
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I have 18k and its great, i also have 9kt and 14kt rings, all have lasted really well. I have noted that the colours of the gold are different, especially the 14k is ver different, i also have a 10kt ring, its not so good. I dont like the colour of 22k its very brassy

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    It depends on how rough you are with your ring.  I would probably go with 14k because it’s a little harder than 18k but with that said, I’ve already knocked my 14k gold e-ring so hard that it got mishapen and popped a diamond out.

    Post # 12
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    611 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Both my e-ring, and my mom’s wedding band which I wear on my right hand, are 18K. In my opinion, the color is more rich than 14K or 10K, and I’ve had absolutely no problems with the hardness of the metal. Whoever said that 22K is too soft for jewelry was right, but 18K is absolutely fine. Both of them keep their shine beautifully. There are no major scratches at all–and mind you my mom’s ring has been worn for 30 years. There might be very small scratches, but it’s impossible to notice on either ring because both have a satin finish, not a highly polished one. 

    If possible, I would make sure that whatever you get has NO nickel used in the alloy–it’s a very common allergen for the skin.

    Here is my ring–I love the way that the gold just glows.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My ring is 18k but it’s white gold. We looked at rings in yellow gold too though and I always preferred 18k to 14k, I haven’t had any problem with it being too soft.

    Post # 14
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    611 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m obviously highly biased, but I just took some new pics today… this is my 18K set…

    Post # 15
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    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I have 14K white gold rings, not a big fan of yellow gold.

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