Post # 1
Wow it’s been awhile since i’ve been over to the rings thread! I miss it!!
Now that i’m pregnant, I am realizing that after having kids I am going to be too absent minded to be wearing my diamond ring all the time because I am constantly talking it off and being way too rough with it. So, I want to put it away for special occasions and wear a plain yellow gold band everyday (I love yellow gold bands so feel free to insert your ring porn!)
Problem is: I have the option of 10k,14,18k gold. I already know what 21k gold looks like because I have some but not in a band because my jeweler advised me against doing something so thin in 21k gold (for the record I want a 2mm width band).
So, anyone have any input on color? And any input in general would be nice?
*jeweler can only order 10k & 18k so he didn’t have it in store for me to see. All I saw was 14k there which is his standard.
Post # 3
Personally I can’t tell the difference visually between 10K and 14K (I have both in YG rings) but 10K will be stronger which totally makes sense for an everyday band that’s going to be worn tumbling around with kids 🙂 18K looks quite a lot more noticeably yellow to me than either 10K or 14K, no logic but it does, lol. And it would have to be a pretty thick and substantial 18K band to hold up well, IMO.
I had a 10K gold band 2mm wide, as you’re describing, and I wore it absolutely all the time for years, with all kinds of messy and rough tasks and it never suffered. No pics though, sorry, it was an old ring. Below is the only 10K ring I currently own. It’s yellow enough for me, and I love YG 😀
Post # 4
I found this on Pricescope.
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s the color that’s the real difference. it’s the softness of the metal.
Post # 7
the higher that number the more pure the gold is, and gold is fairly soft. if your quite hard on your hands i say go for a 10k personally
Post # 8
There is a color difference…I wear a 14K YG pinky ring and when I wear my 18K YG ring on the finger next to it, I can definitely see the difference. The 18K has a more glowy, buttery look. I think it would hold up fine for everyday, it’s pretty common to have an ering done in 18K gold. I think it’s 22K gold that you have to really baby.
Post # 9
I personally dont see that much of a difference between 10k and 14k. 18k yes. personally we’re looking at 10k for FI’s band because it’s cheaper and stronger.
Post # 10
It’s pretty noticeable in rose gold (and maybe white gold? Someone correct me) but in yellow gold the difference is very minute. Although if you already have a band you’ll be wearing, the gold should be the same karat or else the stronger one (lower karat) will rub against the softer one and wear it away faster.
Post # 11
There is a slight difference in the depth of clour, but the biggest difference is the softness. I agree with @Carolinejane: – if you’re hard on your hands – go for a lower carat!
Post # 12
omgosh thank you ladies…you’ve been a big help! And those comparison pics are really helpful too.
@starla: right..my wedding band and ering are both in 18k (white) gold and it holds up great. I just want to switch it out for the diamond’s sake.
I think i’ll play it safe and go for the middle choice of 14k….he does have a return policy so I could switch it out if it came in and I didn’t love it.