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When searching for gold jewelry we have all come across karats used to describe the quality of a piece. Most of us know that the higher the karat, the more expensive it will be. But what actually is a karat? What do the numbers all mean? What are the stamps on a gold piece?
Here is guide to understanding karats and their meaning.
What is a karat?
A karat is a measurement of the fineness of a piece of gold. The fineness of a piece represents the weight of fine metal that it contains in proportion to the total weight, including alloyed metals and any impurities. Diamonds and other gemstones are measured in carats per 200mg, meaning for every 200mg of diamond, the higher the carat.
Gold uses karats. With gold, a karat is a fractional measure of purity for gold alloys, measured per 24 parts whole. Pure gold that has not been mixed with any other metals is therefore the highest possible karat, 24 karat (24k) gold.
Whilst more valuable, pure gold is rarely used for jewelry pieces because of its softness and malleability, and tendency to scratch and mark. Therefore, it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its malleability, color and other properties.
Which karat is the best?
As mentioned above, 24 karat gold is the highest possible number in pure gold, but it is often mixed with other metals to create alloys that are more durable and more suitable for everyday wear in jewelry. The more an alloy is mixed with pure gold, and therefore the less gold there is, the lower the number of karats.
Gold is most often mixed with either silver, zinc, copper, or palladium, creating a different number of karats and different colors of gold, such as rose gold or white gold.
Traditional karats used in gold jewelry number from pure gold at 24k, 22k, 18k, 14k or 10k.
To put it simply, no. Whilst 24k is the purest form of gold available, it does not mean it is of a higher quality. It means that there is more gold in it, and therefore it is more valuable. However, 24 karat gold is rarely used in making jewelry, as pure gold is too soft and can be easily damaged. Gold that is blended with more alloys is stronger. This is preferable especially for jewelry as the lower karats make a piece of jewelry more durable. The lower the karats in a ring, for example, the stronger it will be.
The most common karat used in jewelry and generally the most sought after is 18k gold. This means that 18 out of 24 (3/4) parts of the piece is pure gold, a relatively high number. The one quarter that is not gold will be made up of other alloys, making the jewelry more durable, better for everyday wear and slightly cheaper.
The lower the number of karats, the less amount of pure gold it contains, so the more affordable, more durable and more suited for daily use it will be.
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Malamo is a golden online shopping platform of Prakul Creations Private Ltd.,Co. All the Malamo’s products have BIS certificates, which meet the national quality control standards.