A Guide to Gold Jewelry: 14, 18, 22, or 24 Karat Gold?

on August 18, 2021

Many individuals may refer to several sorts of karat gold when buying jewelry, such as 24k gold, 18k gold, and 14k gold, but many first-timers will be puzzled about the differences and which type is best for them. 

Karat gold is a mixture of gold and other precious metals that is split into 24 equal parts based on the amount of gold in it. Pure gold is soft, making it difficult to inlay into more delicate jewelry, especially when valuable stones like pearls, jewels, and jadeite are inlaid, since they can easily fall out. Small quantities of silver, copper, and zinc were added to pure gold by the ancients to improve its hardness and toughness, which led to the manufacture of a wide range of gold jewelry.

The hardness of 14 and 18 carat gold is generally necessary for jewelry; it is hard, strong, and flexible, and it may be set with a variety of gemstones. In general, 14K or 18K gold is less expensive than 24K gold, although it is not as useful for investment or preservation.

Yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, and other colors are the most frequent. Because of its hardness and malleability, 18-carat gold is appropriate for the manufacturing of a broad range of jewelry items as well as long-term usage, which is why it has long been used for fine jewelry, watches, and jewelry. 14-carat gold is tougher than 18-carat gold and keeps the lovely gold color, does not tarnish, has a nice shine, and may be set with a range of gemstones. 

At Shan, we pick 18K gold for our fine jewelry as it has a higher amount of gold, it offers a richer, more vibrant color, we also provide different gold color to match your need.

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