Gold and Choosing Your Colour and Karat
Most of my pieces are created in sterling Silver but if you would like Gold I’m more than happy to do this! I love working with Gold. It’s such a beautiful metal and something so special to be handed down generation to generation.
The types of Gold I can work in are 9kt, 14kt and 18kt Yellow, White or Rose Gold. I do not work with customer Gold.
The karat refers to the alloy or purity of the Gold. All Gold except for 24 karat is an alloy of pure gold mixed with other metals that have different qualities.
24 karat is pure Gold. This type of Gold is rarely used in jewellery as it is very soft and therefore not suitable for everyday wear as it may be easily damaged.
18 karat Gold is 75% pure Gold and 25% other alloyed metals.
14 karat Gold is 58% pure Gold and 42% other alloyed metals.
9 karat Gold is 37.5% pure Gold and 62.5 other alloyed metals.
The other metals added are to give the benefits of hardness and colour. Copper, being a very hard metal is added for hardness and in the case of white gold; palladium is added for whiteness.
So, what karat should you choose? Because pure Gold is soft and the added metals are harder, the lower the karat of Gold the harder it will be.
This means that 9 karat Gold is the hardest wearing of the three. It’s also the most budget friendly option.
18 karat Gold is the most beautiful option, a stunning rich buttery shade of Gold that is unmistakable as high karat. It is softer, though don’t be fooled by the word soft, it’s still a metal and is durable as such.
14 karat is in-between and has some of the benefits of both. 14 karat is a favourite of mine as it has a stronger colour than 9k but is less expensive and harder than 18k making a good option for most people.
All the colours of Gold follow these percentages and qualities it’s only the types of metal alloyed with it that make it either rose Gold (higher Copper content) or white Gold (higher palladium content).