(Closed) Is 18k white gold better than 14k white gold?

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you are having the ring plated to make it white gold, it doesn’t matter whether it is 14k or 18k, you aren’t going to see the difference.  18k is actually a bit softer than 14k because there is more gold in it.

Post # 5
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

18K has more gold in it so it may be more expensive…I have both 18K white gold rings and 14K white gold and they look the same…

Post # 6
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

They were too confusing to me as well – – – as a result we went with Palladium…

Palladium is more expensive than gold less expensive than platinum = perfect happy medium Laughing

Post # 7
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I vote for 14k gold or palladium. I went with Palladium and have very few scratches or dents. It’s just as hard as platinum and just as pure, but without the huge price tag because it is less dense and therefore less expensive than platinum. It also maintains the white look without having to be dipped in rhodium. 

Although yellow gold is warm and lovely . . . .

Post # 8
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

18k is more susceptible to scratches and such

Post # 9
5259 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

18K gold is worth more, better quality gold.  It is not going to be susceptible to scratches, it is still going to be very strong.  Try to get some that is made with Palladium instead of nickel.  Also, avoid rhodium- it is not good for you. 

Post # 10
345 posts
Helper bee

i have 18k gold and they told me its softer then 14k gold so therefore its more susceptible to getting scratched. I’ve asked multiple jewelers this question and even called tacori because thats what i have and they told me 18k gold is very high quality and more expensive then 14k gold but they do scratch easier becasue its softer.

Post # 11
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My ring is 19k white gold…still don’t get the difference other than its a bit whiter than lower k gold.

Post # 12
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The higher the “k” for gold, the more gold it has in it – this means that it’s a lot more soft (since gold is a soft metal). White gold is plated anyways, which will wear down over time and will need to get re-plated. 

Post # 14
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you want white gold, I’d go with the 14 so it is stronger. 18K gold is much softer.

White gold is actually an alloy of yellow gold and other white metals (anything that isn’t 24K is an alloy) and it won’t be “white”, it’ll be sort of an in-between color if you don’t get it plated. Personally I don’t like it, but lots of people do. I prefer the crispness of the plated white gold.

Post # 15
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As others have said, 18k gold is softer and more expensive than 14k gold. Platinum is the most expensive, however I’ve had many friends who have platinum rings tell me it dings very easily. Ultimatly, we went with 14k gold because I”m a teacher and work with my hands a lot. My ring has very few scratches on it. Plus, I’m used to wearing white gold and didn’t like the feel of platinum.

Post # 16
2148 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with the PPs. The lower the gold content, the stronger the metal. I have platinum b/c I am allergic to gold…but it does scratch easily. I don’t mind though…I think it adds character to the rings =)

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