Post # 1
For my wedding band, I want a plain gold band–possibly some etching/detail but no stones. What is the difference between 10k, 14k, and 19k? Would 10k work for a ring that I’d wear every day or would it not be durable enough?
Post # 2
10k would be good. the higher the karat the softer the metal
Post # 3
19k or 14k would actually be less durable than 10k. My dad has a 24k gold wedding band (which was bought in another country, IDK if they even use 24k gold for jewelry in the US because it’s so soft), and it is noticeably worn, scratched, and bent out of shape. Aside from durability, another factor in your decision is what kind of look you like – 19k gold will be yellower than 14k gold, which will in turn be yellower than 10k gold because of the gold content vs. alloy metal content.
Post # 4
You should also be cautious about what metals are alloyed with the gold in your ring, especially for 10K gold. If you have any metal allergies or sensitivities, they might become an issue with that karat weight — more so than with 18K or 19K.
Post # 5
10k or 14k is standard. Your jeweler should be able to explain the difference in softness and color.