14k Gold Jewelry - Things you should know!

14k gold jewelry is something that many people hear of but have no idea what it actually means. All they really know is that it’s more expensive than 9 karat gold and cheaper than 18 karat gold. When you go shopping for gold jewelry, the karat rating is something that you should pay attention to and does mean a lot..  

The whole reason for the karat rating is to tell you, and jewelers, how much gold is actually in the item that you’re buying. There are some parts of the world that will prefer the higher karats but there are others that are happy with lower karats, especially the United States and Britain..  

24 karat gold is the purest gold; there’s nothing mixed in with it. 14k gold jewelry is made up of 14 parts gold and the rest of it (10 parts) is made up of alloys and hardening materials. Most of the time, nickel, copper and zinc are added to the gold. There are some benefits to choosing to add so many other elements and materials to the metal..  

Gold is a soft material, which means it’s not the best for jewelry. Pure gold will eventually lose its shape but other elements can help to keep that shape. 14k gold jewelry is a good mix, which is why it is so popular in many countries in the Western World. Men prefer to buy 9 or 10kt gold because it is much harder to scratch. Higher karats need polishing more often..  

However, there are some downsides to opting for 14k gold jewelry over a high amount of gold. This comes when it’s time to sell your jewelry on. Many people will want their own items melted down and turned into something else but the excess amounts of other materials makes that very difficult. However, it is possible to sell the weight of the gold and then use the money towards an item of jewelry that you’re more interested in..  

Jewelers are able to refine the metal, which is when the other compounds are taken from the mix. Elements and materials are then added back to it, depending on the karat that people want from it; this all depends on the company that the metal is being sold to and the country that they are in.  

14k gold jewelry will not look the same in every shop that you go to. The problem is that the compounds used in the mix will change the color of the gold. While you may want yellow gold, it may not have the bright shine in one store that you’ve seen in another. There are many different formulas used and each manufacturer will use a different one, meaning the different shades appear; there is nothing wrong with the gold!.  

Whether you buy 14k gold jewelry or you opt for 24kt, you should find a marking on your item with it on. This can be written as 14kt or it may be written as 14/24. This just means that the manufacturer is following the guidelines for the items and to help others distinguish how much gold is actually in the piece.

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