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Choosing 14 karat gold earrings or what "karat" means?

Published 21.09.2016 in category Earrings

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When buying gold earnings you have to think not only about the design and fashion, but also about the "perspective" of jewelry. You want to buy 14 karat gold earrings? May be you should choose 24 karat or 18 karat gold earrings. Consider whether it would be look as well over the years. Does an earring cause allergies in the future due to constant wear? The decisive factor in answering these and many other questions is to identify the gold sample.

Fineness of the jewelery

The fineness means the quantity of pure gold that contained in the alloy. Carat system uses for the determination amount of pure gold in the alloy. It is taken as the basis for rules of international jewels trade. 24 units are taken as the basis of this system. For example, if 24 units of an alloy contain 14 units of precious metal - we have a sample of 14 carats. So, the larger the carat number, the more gold is contained in your earrings.

  • 24K - pure gold;
  • 18K - 18 parts of gold and 6 parts of other metal (75% pure gold);
  • 14K- 14 parts of gold and 10 parts of other metals (58.3% pure gold) ;
  • 12K- 12 parts of gold and 12 parts other metals (50% pure gold) ;
  • 10K- 10 parts of gold and 14 parts other metals (41.7% pure gold).

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Minimum 10 karats needed to call gold jewelry - "gold". People usually choose 14 karat gold earrings. These jewels are in the middle of the table, so they are not very expensive and contain enough gold.

Usually at jewelry, made of precious metals, you can find the stamp with a designation of weight of gold in karats and the manufacturer's brand name. 18 and 14 karat gold earrings are very popular in Europe. In UK you can find 9 karat gold, and in Portugal - 19.2 karat gold. Most often 24 karat gold earrings are made in Hong Kong and China.

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