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Golden Jewellery

     There are many different types of gold available from regular jewellery stores and online jewellery stores. Understanding the difference will help you make a better informed decision when purchasing your next piece of fine karat gold jewellery.

    Mixing the gold with other metals hardens it and makes it more durable and less likely to bend. The result is “karat gold”. Pure fine gold jewellery would also be too expensive for the average consumer.

    So “karat” is the content of gold used in a gold alloy in jewellery. i.e :

    9k gold contains 37.5% pure gold (375 parts per thousand parts).
    10k gold contains 41.7% pure gold (417 part per thousand parts)(include 10k)
    14k gold contains 58.5% pure gold (585 parts per thousand parts).
    18k gold contains 75% pure gold (750 parts per thousand parts).

    The most common karat gold used in Australia is 9k and 18k. 18k is more expensive than 9k as it has a higher gold content. Both these types can be found at online fine jewellery stores and bricks and mortar fine jewellery stores. In the USA, 10k & 14k gold are most popular.

    What is Fine Gold?

    You will see offline and online the terms fine gold jewellery, fine gold & fine jewelry. What do these terms mean? They normally refer to karat gold. In other words, fine gold jewellery is jewellery that is not gold plated.

    What is Solid Gold?

    You will see the term solid gold mentioned at online jewelry stores and at regular fine jewellery stores. Gold is normally named solid gold when it is karat gold or fine gold. For example 9k, 10k, 14k, 18k and 22k gold is often said to be solid gold. Jewellery is not considered solid gold if it is gold plated.