Gold Karats What Does It Mean?

Gold Karats What Does It Mean?

Gold Karats What Does It Mean?

Understanding the difference between 24 Gold karats and 14 carats of gold can be quite a challenge. However, knowing the basic comparison and contrast can greatly help you determine the value of your gold. So to help you clear things out, here are some tips to follow.

Gold Karats What Does It Mean? Basic Terms

Remember that the value of gold is determined by its carat, or in some cases, it is spelled as karat. Either word used, it only denotes that gold is measured by its purity against a 24 partition. This indicates that 24 karat gold is the purest in form. In contrast, the 14-carat gold has fillers added to solidify its gold content with other alloys.

The purity of 24 karat gold

You can verify the certification of your gold jewelry, etc. with authorized gold experts. They will ascertain the purity of your gold and determine its true value.

Remember that any gold in this form will reveal a 100% rate of purity. The value of gold cannot go higher than its predetermined worth and any claim of gold that is higher than 24 karats is considered a fraud.

10, 14, 18, 24carat gold

From a mathematical standpoint, this simply means that the purity of your gold is around 10,14 or 18/24 pure gold. This indicates that there are mixes of different alloys that support the solidification of the fractional content of your gold.

Carat or Karat Gold?

What those stamps and numbers mean

Is it K or CT or just a 3-digit number?

  • The ‘CT’ is interchangeable with ‘K’ for karat.
  • Most Commonwealth countries use “CT”.
  • The term KARAT refers to the fineness of gold.
  • The word CARAT usually refers to a weight, generally for gemstones but is also used for gold.

The number refers to the fineness of gold in parts per 1000. All these marks are acceptable as it depends on where it was made.

Gold Karats Used in JewelryThere are many CARATS used in jewelry.

Below are the most common:

  • 8K, 8ct or 333 (parts per 1000) or is 33.3% gold (usually European. Not recognized in the USA. The lowest possible standard. Will tarnish sometimes)
  • 9K, 9ct or 375 (parts per 1000) or is 37.5% gold (mainly British Commonwealth countries. Not recognized in the USA. Hard wearing.)
  • 10K, 10ct or 416 (parts per 1000) or is 41.6% gold (Minimum USA standard. Hard wearing.)
  • 12K, 12ct or 500 (parts per 1000) or is 50% gold (usually old watch cases. Rarely seen)
  • 14K, 14ct or 585 (parts per 1000) or 58.5% gold (Asian for the overseas market. Common in USA. Russian 584.)
  • 15K, 15ct or 625 (parts per 1000) or 62.5 % gold (British Commonwealth countries. Discontinued c1935. A good indicator that the piece is old.)
  • 18K, 18ct or 750 (parts per 1000) or 75% gold. (Most quality pieces are 18ct. The minimum gold standard for sale in Italy.)
  • 22K, 22ct or 916 (parts per 1000) or 91.6% gold (mainly Asia, Middle East. Very soft. Very yellow)
  • 24K, 24ct or 1000 (parts per 1000) or PURE gold (too soft for most jewelry manufacturer)

Rarely you may see something different.

The Many Colors of Gold& Its Hallmarks

Gold comes in many colors depending on the other metals used in the alloy. The carat does NOT change because of the color. The amount of gold is the same. White, Rose and other colors are just variations.

ALL gold is stamped or hallmarked ALL gold is stamped or hallmarked with its quality when it is made as required by that countries government. However, it’s not unusual to find that marks can be lost through wear or repair. If you are buying an unmarked piece of gold make sure you get an unconditional money-back guarantee from the seller as to gold carat or the piece, then have it checked.
When looking for gold hallmarks make sure that certain marks are NOT on the piece. Things like EP, GP, HGP, (Electroplate, gold plate, hard gold plate) and “rolled”. As the names might suggest, these are NOT solid gold.

A few other numbers to avoid, unless you are into silver, are 800, 925, 950 as these are all silver marks.

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The Many Colors of Gold

Gold is available in many colors. This variety in colors is a direct result of the ratio of alloys to gold content. Below we explain the results of mixing these different alloys:

YELLOW GOLD –

A mixture of gold with the base of metal silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) in equal proportions of 50-50 ration.

 

RED/ROSE GOLD 

named due to its distinctive yellowish red color. It is a mixture of gold with the base metal COPPER.

WHITE GOLD

by nature, there is no such thing as white gold. It is only through the addition of nickel, zinc and copper, and plating of with Rhodium that gives gold this color

 

CHINESE GOLD

a misnomer term which classifies a high karat gold, usually 22K and above. Usually stamped with Chinese characters and “I” inscriptions. Due to the rich content of gold, its appearance is always a deep yellow and therefore commands a high price.

Appraising Factors for Gold Karats

With good information, you will be able to identify authentic gold jewelry and ensure you have purchased quality pieces. Here we describe each of the characteristics of the different golds and what to consider when appraising jewelry

  • Color
  • Luster
  • Durability
  • Type of Locks
  • Markings

KARAT: 24K

    • Color: Deep Gold
    • Luster: Dull
    • Durability: Soft and may show deformations
    • Locks: Hook Type
    • Stamped Markings: 999.9 Fine Gold

KARAT: 22K

    • Color: Deep Golden
    • Luster: Dull
    • Durability: Soft and may show deformations
    • Locks: Hook Type
    • Stamped Markings: 916

KARAT: 21K

    • Color: Deep Golden
    • Luster: Dull to Polished
    • Durability: Quite soft to hard
    • Locks: Hook Type for Singaporean Gold
    • Stamped Markings: 875

KARAT: 18K

  • Color: Yellow to reddish yellow (copper)
  • Luster: Polished
  • Durability: Hard and may be accompanied by stones
  • Locks: Ring or clip type
  • Stamped Markings: 750

KARAT: 14K

    • Color: Paler Yellow; White and rose
    • Luster: Polished
    • Durability: Hard and may be accompanied by stones
    • Locks: Ring or clip type
    • Stamped Markings: 858

KARATS: 12K; 10K and 8K

  • Color: Paler Yellow; White and rose
  • Luster: Polished
  • Durability: Hard and may be accompanied by stones
  • Locks: Ring or clip type
  • Stamped Markings: 500; 416 and 333 respectively.

OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER

  1. Imported pieces usually have stamp markings under the setting or on the locks of chains and bracelets.
  2. Locally manufactured, Hand Made or made to order jewelry usually don’t have stamp markings.
  3. Chains coming from Thailand called BAHT are the typical bamboo designs. BAHT is a term representing their unit of weight, 1 BAHT is equal to 15.2g. Lowest Thai/Bangkok gold coming in is 14K.
  4. Imported Singapore gold coming in is 916 (22K). Standard and reddish in color, not deep golden yellow as Bangkok gold and Chinese gold.
  5. Trending Singapore gold pieces coming in as 18K but are only 16K and there are even 14K pieces.
  6. Italian gold jewelry is 18K standard and stamped as 750.
  7. 14K Italian gold pieces are now exported to the US, HK, and Philippines markets due to market demand.
  8. Light and gradual reddening or discoloration can be seen in 14K gold traces

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