Know Your Gold

Are you looking for the perfect engagement ring, necklace or bracelet? Knowing more about the types of gold can help you narrow down what you are looking for. There is no single type of gold used for all gold jewelry and it is rarely 100% pure gold. Gold comes in many different purity levels – 10K or karat, 14K, 18K and 24K are the most common. The differences are in durability and price. Here is some specific information on each level of purity:

  • 24K gold isn’t often used for jewelry because it is extremely soft and bends and warps easily. It also scratches easily and will look scuffed very quickly. Being pure, it is also extremely expensive.
  • 18K gold is the most pure gold that is typically used in jewelry and its rich, yellow appearance is very attractive. If you are active or work where your jewelry might bump into hard surfaces, it may not be the best choice for you as it will scratch easily. It is also the most expensive of the golds used for jewelry.
  • 14K gold is the most popular gold for rings and wearable jewelry because it is more durable and affordable than 18K. It has a rich color making it a great choice.
  • 10K gold is the most affordable and durable gold used in jewelry. It is often used in earrings and more affordable pieces. If you work with your hands, this might be your best bet as it is very difficult to scratch, bend or scuff.

Now that you know a bit more about gold, stop by Bridgewater Jewelers and check out all the options!