Because gold is relatively malleable, 24-carat gold is rarely used for jewelry that you can wear every day, such as a wedding or engagement ring, as it is likely to be deformed. Adding an alloy such as copper, iron, silver, zinc or nickel makes it more affordable and much more durable and suitable for everyday use. If you're allergic to copper, silver, nickel, zinc, or iron, your skin may have allergic contact dermatitis if you wear a 10-carat gold ring for a long time. This type of gold is known as 18 carats because 18 of the 24 parts that make up gold are pure gold.
Its pale color is something you like or not, some people like it because of its visual subtlety, while others prefer the intense golden tone of 14 and 18 carat gold jewelry. Keep in mind that this type of gold is quite soft and can easily be scratched while you or your partner are working or exercising. If you prefer something more luxurious and don't mind trading some durability for a more intense gold color, 18-carat gold may be a good option. In short, 18-carat gold looks fantastic, with the classic yellow look that most people associate with gold jewelry.
In general, 18 carat gold is a good option if you want gold jewelry that is as pure as possible and, at the same time, that offers a little practicality. Because the price difference between 14 and 10 carat gold is so negligible, the vast majority of renowned jewelers will offer 14-carat engagement rings as the cheaper option. Rings and other jewelry made with 14-carat gold are significantly more durable than those made with 18-carat gold, making this type of gold a good choice if you're worried about marks and scratches. Because 14-carat gold has a higher alloy content than 18-carat gold, it can sometimes cause itchy and uncomfortable skin if you have an allergy to copper, silver, nickel, zinc or iron.
At Brinker's Jewelers, we'll help you find the perfect gold piece that fits your style and needs. Most of the time, 14-carat gold provides the best combination of rich color, good durability, and reasonable affordability. Each level of gold purity offers its own range of advantages and disadvantages, from hardness and durability to the risk that certain levels of gold purity contribute to skin irritation. When choosing gold for an engagement ring or other jewelry, it's important to consider factors such as skin sensitivity, profession, activity level, and the aesthetic taste of you or your partner.
Check out this stunning 14-carat gold ball-shaped bracelet from James Allen and compare it to this gorgeous 18-carat gold heart shaped bracelet from Amazon. It's also the most impure thing gold can be as long as it's still legally “gold” in the U.S. U.S. and most other countries.