(Closed) What are the color differences between 10k,14k,18k. & 21k gold?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I found this on Pricescope.


Post # 5
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Post # 6
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think it’s the color that’s the real difference. it’s the softness of the metal.

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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!

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