Post # 1
Do any of you actually have 24k rings? How are they holding up?
My fiance and I have had a consultation with a goldsmith and decided on 24 karat yellow gold for our simple bands (no polish, no stones). We know it’s soft, but the goldsmith didn’t strongly advise against it – just said we should be prepared for nicks and imperfections as time goes on. We sort of like the idea that the rings will change with life, just as our marriage will, and love the deep yellow of 24k gold.
But a few naysayers are cautioning us against the 24k choice, saying it will be far too soft and will need to be replaced in a matter of years. I see similar things online from various sources, so I’d love to hear your actual experiences.
Thanks, bees! xx
Post # 3
I have 14k white gold. It’s an antique so it’s been through a lot, I imagine. It doesn’t have any scratches on it! I think the harder the metal, the better. You don’t want jewelry that you’ll have to replace soon!
Post # 4
@anandam: hi there, myself and my husband spent literally months trying to find the right wedding bands as i wanted a higher grade gold for the yellowy-ness and by the end of our search were pretty clued up (well i felt that way, mr D wanted to poke his eyes out so he didnt have to look at any more rings lol!)
first off this is just my opinion based on the numerous jewellers we spoke to so by all means ignore it, but i promise its only coming from a place of ‘wishing to share our experience’. there is no way 24kt gold would hold up for wedding bands, not if you plan on wearing them every day. the jewellers we spoke to (who were all independent, or family run jewellers and not chain stores so i always personally feel they know their stuff)
24kt gold in typically used for ceremonial jewellery, such as the beautiful elaborate head dresses you see for Hindu weddings, or for necklaces/broches were the impact of wearing them will be far less than a ring where you obiously use your hands a lot and the ring is more likely to get damaged. 22kt is what is generally used for rings/bands were people still want the higher karat but want more durability. side by side we found there was almost no discernable difference to the eye in 22kt versus 24kt gold, however upon handeling different pieces of jewellery in both karats i found i could bend (oops!) a 24karat bangle extremely easily whereas 22kt was very solid yet the same beautiful colour.
we went for 22kt bands and we both absolutely love them. the funny thing is so many people comment that 22 must be so soft etc etc and while it is in the sense that it scratches/scuffs easily and its also not typically seen except in Eastern jewellery, when i did some research turns out here in england Victorian wedding rings were more often than not 22kt gold! so actually it seems its a more a traditional thing that has fallen out of favour/fashion. you can still purchase lovely antique 22kt bands here in the UK and if they’ve lasted that long then i’m sure we have nothing to worry about with ours 🙂
like i said, to each their own but the lovely thing about the Bee is that the liklliehood is some Bee somewhere on here will have had experience in something you’re going through now and can offer friendly words if needed 🙂
Post # 5
@anandam: oh god ijust re-read your post and where you said ‘we sort of love the idea they will change over time etc’, go look at my wedding bands post, Mr D and myself felt the exact same thing!! we LOVED the idea of a softer metal that would start to tell a story with dings and dents and scratches and scuffs 🙂 and they really do, ours in other peoples’ eyes must look like they need a dam good polising but we absolutely love the effect. please consider going with 22kt then, as you get this effect but you know that the rings will not bend out of shape when put under pressure xx
Post # 6
I am part Laos/Thai and 24K gold is very popular with the older generation. My grandmother, and all her friends and many of the other elders in my community wear alot of 24K gold. Come to think of it, I think that is all they wear as far as gold goes. I think it holds up pretty well, and it gives it a really pretty antique look. In fact 24K is regarded as special and during our engagements the groom’s family will usually give the bride a 24K necklace. Hope that helps!
Post # 7
I own a pair of earrings that are 24k gold- they were given to me by my grandmother, and they are Not sturdy whatsoever. You can literally bend them with your fingers– unless you get a gigantic, heavy, and wide band, I would be worried about the thing squishing and becoming deformed over time.
I also have a 22k bracelet, and it is much sturdier, with much more of the rich, deep yellow colour of gold than 14 or even 18k gold. Don’t go with 24k– if you must, go with 22k.
Post # 8
I have a 24k yellow gold ring that I received for my 16th birthday. I have worn it almost daily since I turned 18 (now 28). The gold is VERY soft. My ring is out of shape, (and was fairly quickly after I started wearing it) and several jewerlers refuse to reshape it for fear they may break it. That being said, the gold ring its self has held up really well, and it fits my finger perfectly. It hasn’t lost its luster and with regular cleanings, the nicks and scrapes are unnoticable. (my band is 2 mms). I would maybe recommend a 22k instead because of the shape thing, but that is the only reason.
Post # 9
My ring is 10K because I beat the crap outta my hands and would be terrified of something that soft. I do have some heirloom 24K gold jewlery and it is just so soft, it is hard to wear without bending. Even just a simple cross necklace I have, being worn around for a couple of days bent. I do know people with the 22K and it is VERY yellow still but seems to be significantly more sturdy.
Post # 10
I have a 21k ring and it holds up great. Its still shiny after 4+ years of wearing it all the time. But I also wear 24k hoop earrings. They have no latch and are soft enough to just bend to take on and off. Just based off how soft 24k is, I wouldnt recommend it for a ring… i’d go with 21 or 22k… it makes a huge difference. But I also dont know how much more durable a ring would be over earrings since it would be thicker.. I still think it would be easy to bend/squish.
Post # 11
It’s not recommended for jewelry because it’s so soft. 18k or 22k would be much better options, and you’ll still see the warmth of the gold.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Hubs has an 18k white gold band and it scratches easy, but shines/polishes out perfectly, for what it’s worth. 🙂
Post # 13
I think 24kt is beautiful, but too soft for your hands.
Post # 14
yea maybe 22k would be better, but i love higher karat gold 🙂
Post # 15
@anandam: Thanks to all who gave their two cents! We went with 22k in the end and could not be happier – after three months of marriage, the surface is already banged up with little scratches, but in a perfectly beautiful way. Many people have complimented the richness of the color. Hooray!
Post # 16
Please do not hesitate to go for it! DH and I are jewelers, you are going to be fine!
I have an 18K and I make ceramics! It is fine!