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Gold wedding rings: everything you need to know about gold

Gold wedding rings: everything you need to know about gold

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You have your engagement ring and now it’s time to pick out your wedding ring. Before running off to the store to pick out your favourite style, there are a few things to know about gold – such as purity, strength, plating and colours.

What is a karat?

One of the least understood aspects of gold is the karat. Seriously, what does 24K mean? A karat is essentially a unit of purity. That rating is split into 24 parts or karats, meaning that a 24 karat gold ring, is pure, solid gold. The drawback of 24K gold is that it’s soft and malleable, making it not very good for daily wear as it will be easily scratched and damaged.

Most wedding and engagement rings that are made of gold are made of 14K or 18K gold. These rings are stronger and more durable than 24K rings. When a ring is not 24K or ‘pure gold’, it means that it has been mixed with some other metals or alloys, which usually improve the strength and lustre, but can also change the colour. This means that 18K gold is 75 per cent gold, 25 per cent alloy mix, while 14K gold is 58.3 per cent gold, 41.7 per cent alloy mix.

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