What’s the difference between 18k and 10k gold?
Understanding gold karats.
Since pure gold is too soft to make jewelry, jewelers have created alloys with other metals, such as silver, copper, or zinc to make it harder.
The number before the karat unit represents the purity of the gold alloy.
24k, gold 100%, other metal 0%
18k, gold 75%, other metal 25%
14k, gold 58.5%, other metal 41.5%
10k, gold 41.7%, other metal 58.3%
As you can see, 18k gold composition has a higher gold content than 10k gold, hence the higher price.
Alloy recipes will also impact the gold color. Since there is more gold in its composition, 18k gold has a deeper yellow look than 10k gold.
These alloys offer a wide variety of gold colors; yellow, white and rose being the most popular.
Here at The Way I Am, we usually work with 14k gold. We love the deep color at a fair price.
White gold is an alloy of yellow gold and at least one white metal, usually manganese or palladium.
Rose gold is an alloy of yellow gold and copper. The stronger the copper content, the darker the rose coloration.
You might also appreciate the distinctive look of green, purple or black gold for your next custom jewelry piece!