How many carats of gold should I choose?

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A buy gold jewelry it doesn’t matter. It’s special, it’s often expensive and you want to enjoy it for a longer period of time. You don’t usually make choices in one day, but you do sleep for one (or more) nights. Is this the right design? Will it match my other jewelry? But perhaps what’s more important is choosing the right carat count. Gold is always indicated in karats and before purchasing your dream gem it is important to know what it stands for. Once that was clear, the next question naturally arose; how many carats should i choose? We tell you all about the differences between 9, 14, 18 and 24 karat gold. This way you can make the right choice when buying your gold jewelery!

What does karat say about gold?

The term karat is used with gold jewelery to indicate how much pure gold is processed. One carat represents 1/24 part of pure gold. The higher the karat number, the more pure gold the jewelery contains. A 14-karat piece of jewelry is made up of 14/24 pure gold, or 58.5%. In addition to the number of carats, percentage is also used to show the gold content in a piece of jewelry. In the case of 14 carat, it can therefore also be referred to as 585. Other gems are plated with copper, silver, or palladium. It is also called an alloy.

Carat gold jewelery is available in a variety of purities, with 9 karat containing the least pure gold and 24 carat the most.

  • 9 carats consists of 33.75% pure gold, also referred to as 375
  • 14 carat consists of 58.5% pure gold, also referred to as 585
  • 18 carats consisting of 75.0% pure gold, also referred to as 750
  • 20 carats consisting of 83.3% pure gold, also referred to as 833
  • 22 carat consisting of 91.6% pure gold, also referred to as 916
  • 24 carat consisting of 99.99% pure gold, also referred to as 999

Although we talked about 9-karat gold in the overview above, this gold content may not carry the designation ‘gold’ under Dutch law. A piece of jewelry can only be called gold if it consists of at least 14 carats. Until a few years ago, 8 and 9 carat jewelery mainly offered in Germany or England, were allowed to be sold as gold. Due to the high price of gold in recent years, you are increasingly seeing 9-karat gold jewelery in Dutch jewelery shops.

What is the difference between 9, 14, 18 and 24 karat gold?

In the Netherlands, 14 and 18 carat are the most common gold purity for jewelry. This is partly due to the properties that this carat count offers, such as the beautiful color and scratch resistance. But how do you know which gold content to choose when buying jewelry? We have listed the most important differences between 9, 14, 18 and 24 carats for you!

Golden tenderness

It is often considered that pure 24-karat gold is the best, because no other metal is added. But that’s not the case. Pure gold is very soft and brittle, which increases the risk of damage and deformation. Precisely because of the alloy, adding metal to pure gold, jewelry becomes stronger and you are less likely to scratch, dent and warp. A 24-karat piece of jewelry is actually quite extraordinary. And of course if you want to enjoy your new gem for a long time, it is better to choose 9, 14 or 18 carats.

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Gold color

The higher the gold content in a piece of jewelry, the warmer the gold color. A piece of 24-karat gold jewelery has a deep warm amber color, with 9-karat gold jewelery the color appears less yellow. With 14 and 18 karat gold you can safely assume that the color still has a nice warm gold tone. With 9-karat gold, the color is often seen as a disadvantage; it is much more yellow in color compared to the higher gold content.

Gold price

Gold is valuable, something that has only grown in recent years. The price of gold is very high, which means that you can pay a lot of money for gold jewelry. In general, the higher the gold content, the more expensive the jewelery will be. A 24-karat piece of jewelry is highly prized by many people, whereas a 14-karat gold piece is much more accessible. Thanks to the high price of gold, jewelry made of 9-karat gold is becoming more and more popular. For a reasonable amount you can still wear gold jewelry.

Allergic reaction

Allergic reactions may occur with lower gold content. If you are allergic to the metal used for the alloy, it may cause a reaction. In general, this only happens when there is less gold in the alloy. In that case, only jewelry made of 9-karat gold is at risk of causing an allergic reaction.

How many carats of pure gold?

When talking about pure gold, it’s about 24 karat gold. The gold content in 24 carat is 99.99%. As previously mentioned, one carat is 1/24 part gold. With 24 karat gold jewelry, the 24/24 part is made up of gold and can therefore be called pure gold. Another name for pure gold is also pure gold. However, the question remains whether pure gold is desirable. The disadvantages of pure gold such as its fragility and price often outweigh the advantages.

Gold carats and prices

Gold prices are high, for gold jewelery you will soon lose hundreds of euros. But besides the number of carats of gold that plays a role, there are also other factors that affect the price of a piece of jewelry.

  • Quality and weight affect the value of a piece of jewelry. A piece of solid 14-karat gold jewelry can be more expensive than the same type of 18-karat jewelry, but in a hollow form. You could actually say that the heavier a piece of jewelry weighs, the more expensive it is. For example, it may happen that a piece of jewelry with fewer carats is still more expensive.
  • Design and labor also affect the price of gold jewelry. If the design of a piece of jewelry is complicated to make and requires more labor, the price of the jewelry will increase. Therefore, it is possible that a lavish design in 14k gold is more expensive than a simple design in 18k gold.
  • The price of gold affects the price of a gold jewelry. The price of gold is very high, but the exchange rate changes every day. It is estimated that it will not drop sharply in a short time, but the price of gold can vary every day. The difference with a piece of jewelry is often only a few to tens of euros.

The difference between carat gold and gold plated jewelry

Gold is far from cheap, but sometimes you see 14-karat gold jewelry passing by at a bargain price. How could it be? Let’s help you straight from the dream: these jewelry are often not made of gold, but are under a gold-plated edging. That is, the basis of the jewelry is silver or metal with a layer of gold as a cover only. Those tiny layers of gold may be made of 14-karat gold, but unfortunately gold plated jewelery does not have the same properties as jewelery made entirely of gold. Because the surface of the jewelry is metal or silver, the gold layer will be removed in a short time. This process is sped up if you wear your jewelry 24/7, shower with it, and do the dishes. Gold plated is an excellent material if you’re buying trend-sensitive jewelry, but if you’re looking to wear it for a longer period of time, you’re better off with gold. You can recognize silver or gold-plated metal jewelery by names such as gold-plated or gold-plated.

What is the best karat gold?

Due to the large selection of karat gold, it can sometimes be quite difficult to make a choice. If you spend a lot of money on a piece of jewelry, you also want to buy the best of the best. But how many carats of gold is actually the best? Unfortunately, there is no one-sided answer to this question. What amount of karat gold you can choose depends mostly on your wishes.

It’s safe to say that 14 and 18 carats are the most popular in the Netherlands. Both 14 and 18 carats are best if you are looking for good quality jewelry, at a reasonable price and longevity. 14 and 18 carat jewelery also comes in a nice warm yellow color.

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Do you have less to spend, but would you like to buy real gold jewelry? Then it is best to choose 9 carat gold. 9-karat gold is much lower in price, but it also has a less warm yellow color and is more likely to have an allergic reaction. The advantage of 9 carats compared to gold plated ones, for example, is that the material is very sturdy and the jewelry doesn’t fade.

A 24 carat piece of jewelery is not recommended. The price of pure gold is very high and the lifespan is much shorter because the material is very brittle. Therefore, only a few pieces of jewelry are made of 24-karat gold.

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Yes, there are drawbacks to buying 9 carat gold. Officially, 9-karat gold cannot be sold as gold in the Netherlands. For example, in contrast to the higher gold content, with 9-karat gold you are more likely to have an allergic reaction, because it contains less gold than the alloy. Additionally, 9-karat gold is much yellower than higher gold content.

Yes, a piece of jewelry made of 9 carat gold is generally still beautiful. As metal is added to gold, jewelery is made stronger and the chances of scratches, dents and warps are reduced. 9 carat gold also does not fade.

Yes, a piece of jewelry made of 14 carat gold is generally still beautiful. As metal is added to gold, jewelery is made stronger and the chances of scratches, dents and warps are reduced. 9 carat gold also does not fade.

375 gold also means 9 carat gold. Officially, 9 carat gold cannot be sold as gold in the Netherlands, as it only consists of 33.75% pure gold. We’re officially only talking about 14-karat gold, which is a piece of jewelery made up of 58.5% pure gold.

The highest karat gold is also the same as 24 carat gold. The gold content in 24 carat gold is 99.99%. With 24 karat gold jewelry, the 24/24 part is made up of gold and can therefore be called pure gold.

Yes, you can shower with jewelry made of 14 carat gold. Keep in mind that the color of the jewelry can become duller due to the use of chemical products such as shower gels and soaps.

Carat gold represents the percentage of pure gold in a piece of jewelry. One carat represents 1/24 of pure gold. The higher the karat number, the more pure gold the jewelery contains. With 24 karat gold jewelry, the 24/24 part is made up of gold and can therefore be called pure gold.