(Closed) Yellow gold different karats?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I have an 18k yellow gold ring and a 24k gold necklace. Once I’m done with my morning work tasks I’ll snap a photo and post 🙂

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s definitely yellower as you go up.  It’s softer too, I have 24k hoop earrings I can easily shape.  So on the flip side, 10k is more brittle and harder to work with.  I don’t have comparision pictures since all my jewelery is 24k, but here’s a pic of my bracelet (that used to be round, but since it’s so soft is now all cubes) to show how yellow it is. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  pinkshoes.
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I take it back, I just checked the stamping on my ring and it’s 10k yellow! I was always told it was 18. Shows what I know. My necklace is exactly the color of pinkshoes, though. Very soft, very yellow gold.

 

 

Here’s a pic of the 10k, sorry if it’s huge.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

All 14K.  

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Yellow gold is going to be more yellow the higher the karats. There is a pretty big difference in the “richness” of the colour. I prefer 18k gold as a balance between a rich yellow, and durability. I do have some 10k rings from childhood that are pretty light, and I do wear 14k in earrings, necklaces, etc. but I am not at home. The 14k is fine for me for earrings or necklaces, and some rings, but the 10k is too light for me.

18k brushed gold, but some parts have turned more satin finish due to wear:

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

The difference between say 14k and 18k is more obvious when the finishes are not highly polished:

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

My ERing is 18K yellow gold, and I wear it with a 14K YG band. There is a difference in color, but it’s very slight. I hardly notice it, and I doubt it shows to anyone who sees the rings together.

Bottom of the rings: (18K on top, 14K on bottom) You can see that the 18K is slightly deeper in color than the 14K. But it’s hard to see on a photo.

Shown from the top:

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I have a 10k and 14k ring and cannot tell the difference in color. Theyre softer though as you go up and I’ve bent my 14k ring when banging my hand on something. I’ve never had a problem with my 10k ring and the color looks exactly the same to me as my 14k, so I’ll probably stick to 10k in the future cause I’m rough on my hands!

Infinity ring on left is 14k and gemstone ring on right is 10k

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

 

twodancinft:  I don’t think you can generalize that 10k is always “harder” than 14k or something though, as can depend on mix of alloys (for yellow gold, gold is alloyed with copper and silver, sometimes a little zinc or cobalt) and how it was worked (cast, annealed, cold worked, cooled in air, water quenched), the thickness of the shanks, etc. The process to make the rings is just as important to the strength and durability as the actual alloys used.

Though my rings are 18k and 18k is usually considered “softer” than 14k, I have been wearing them for 3 years without any issue of bending. Note however they are hand forged which does add a lot more inherent strength than if they were cast. I also have a 14K yellow gold ring (cast) that I have worn daily for about 4-5 years on my right hand and put it through all sorts of abuses (lifting heavy scuba tanks, etc), and it is still perfectly round. All my 10k rings, on the other hand, also cast, have shanks that have bent and warped from wear though I was a lot gentler on them.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

 

Mine are all in 18K yellow gold.

 

18K (considered proper gold on Scandinavia.) 

24k is too soft to work in =not as durable 

14k is in Europe /us considered as proper gold. It is harder but lacks a little of the yellow.

9k is seen as children’s jewlery 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I very much prefer 18K yellow gold; it is a good balance between colour and gold content and wearability. However, I do have a few 14K gold pieces from before I had a preference. The colour is slightly different, but keep in mind that every alloy can have a slightly different colour. Even if all your jewelry is the same karat gold, they may have slightly different colours if they are from different jewelers or have different alloys.

In this photo, the center ring is 18K gold, while the flanking rings are both 14K (I don’t wear this combination anymore). The difference is slight, but visible. 

People sometimes talk about durability, but I have found that the durability of 18K gold is equal to 14K for me. And since there is 75% gold content in 18K and only 58.3% in 14K, I’d just as soon stick with 18K or higher. Indeed, I’d like to gt a 22K bracelet. since 10K is less than half actual gold, I don’t find it worth the price.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  echomomm.

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