10k Gold vs 14k Gold

by bhthanks

The difference between 10k and 14k gold and white gold

Gold has the chemical symbol Au, and is a soft, bright yellow metal that is traditionally used in the creation of jewelry. There are many different types of jewelry that can be made from gold, including rings, bracelets and necklaces. Gold is used in jewelry for many reasons. One reason is that gold is relatively inert and does not react with many elements. Another reason is that gold is rare, and as a consequence, has high value. Thus, giving a loved one gold jewelry indicates that you care about them and value them highly. There are many different types of gold, both the color of gold and the percentage of pure gold compared to alloy. Whatever the choice, gold jewelry makes a romantic gift for a loved one.

Duragold 14k Yellow Gold 8mm Ball Stud Earrings

Duragold 14k Yellow Gold 8mm Ball Stud Earrings

Pure gold (24k) is very soft, and as a consequence, is very difficult to deal with. In order to make gold easier to work with, it is often alloyed with other base metals to create an alloy. Most commonly, copper is used as a base metal, and alloys vary in the amount of pure gold including 22k, 18k, 14k and 10k. This produces yellow gold with a slight red tinge.

White gold is created using a different type of alloy, typically containing primarily nickel and zinc. Alternatively, white gold alloys can use silver, palladium or other white metals.

The difference between 10k gold and 14k gold is that the former is at least 41.7% pure gold, while 14k gold is at least 50% pure gold. Thus, both 10k gold and 10k white gold contain the same amount of gold, but differ from one another in their physical appearance, as a consequence of the other metals that make up the alloy. When shopping for a loved one, the type of gold is important. Whether you chose 10k or 14k gold affects the price of the product as well as its quality. The choice between white or yellow gold is primary aesthetic. When buying a piece of jewelry for a loved one, it is important to consider both aspects. For example, some people may prefer an item with a low amount of gold, but higher quality, while others have a preference for more gold, regardless of its quality.

10k Yellow Gold Diamond and Garnet Heart-Shaped Pendant, 18”

10k Yellow Gold Diamond and Garnet Heart-Shaped Pendant, 18"

One example of a 14k white gold piece is this box chain necklace. This 18-inch necklace is simple and elegant. There are a wide range of different charms that could be attached to it, such as something that is special to your loved one and you. Alternatively, a 10k piece is this white gold diamond heart necklace. This necklace is also 18-inches in length, but has a heart charm with three diamonds. It is a pretty gift for someone you love that likes the appearance of white gold. Alternatively, a similar piece in yellow gold is a 10k diamond and garnet heart-shaped pendant. Finally, a romantic gift for a loved one that is 14k yellow gold, are these 8mm ball stud earrings: the same product is also available in white gold.

Updated: 03/12/2012, bhthanks
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BrendaReeves on 05/03/2012

Thanks for the article. I always wondered what the difference was. I can only wear 14k earrings which means I don't get to wear any of the cute, cheap earrings.

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