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14K Gold vs. 18K Gold

14K Gold vs. 18K Gold

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between all the different metals being used on engagement rings, earrings, necklaces, etc. And why the big price difference. Does it even really matter if you choose 14K or 18K gold. We’ll start with that question first, and we’ll keep all the technical “jargon” out of the way.

When it comes to our unique engagement rings the most common metals used are gold, platinum, and palladium. Platinum and Palladium have just one type of each, however gold has many “subdivisions” such as 10K, 14K, 18K and 24K. The most common metal used is 14K and 18K gold in the many variations of colors. Here’s the difference between 14K Gold and 18K Gold.

14K vs 18K Gold

The Differences between 14K and 18K Gold.

Here’s the big difference… MORE GOLD. In 18K gold your engagement ring will have more gold in it. First you can not make jewelry out of 24K gold. 24K gold is pure gold and is way to soft to hold a sophisticated design. So you have to add other alloys (metals) to the gold to make it hold it’s form. In 14K gold you get 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% other metals. In 18K gold you get 75% pure gold and 25% other metals. That’s why there’s a price difference. However, there’s more to it than “more gold”.

What does “More Gold” actually mean?

The more gold you have in your engagement ring, the weaker it actually is. Meaning if you accidentally drop your ring, or hit it against anything hard, like a wall, there’s a much better chance that you’ll dent, damage, or change the shape of the ring. So in reality if you buy anything in 18K gold you get more gold, but you’re also getting a weaker product.

What are the other metals or alloys in Gold?

There’s a few other thing you need to look at. What are the other metals in your ring? This is important because many people will have allergic reaction to the other metals. The biggest three alloys used in gold is Copper, Zinc, and Nickel. These are usually added in equal parts as possible however they can be unbalanced. Such as if you had in more copper you’ll get Rose Gold, if had in more Zinc and Nickel you get a more Green Gold. However these metals are not hypo allergenic if you’re allergic to these metals you should definitely look into Palladium and / or Platinum.

What about the alternatives to gold?

In Palladium engagement rings you avoid all the extra metals. You can a very durable metal, a color that is more brilliant than white gold, is more precious and rare, and it costs about the same as 18K gold. If you chose to go with a Platinum engagement ring, you’ll get an even more rare and durable metal than gold. Hypo allergenic, looks beautiful however the cost is quite a bit more. You can read in about these amazing metals in depth by clicking the links above.