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What Is A 10k Gold

10 karat gold is made up of 41.7% gold and 58.3% alloy. In the United States and many other countries, 10K gold is the lowest level of purity that can be legally marketed and sold using the word “gold.” 10K gold consists of 10 parts gold and 14 parts other alloys. Depending on the specific color of the gold, 10K gold is usually a mixture of pure gold and metals such as silver, nickel, palladium, zinc or copper.

Since 10K gold is less pure than 24K gold, it’s less likely to bend, warp or become dented due to pressure or impact. It’s also less likely to scratch. This occurs because the other metals used to produce 10K gold are more durable than pure gold. 10K gold’s relatively low purity level also affects its appearance. As there are only 10 parts pure gold per 24, 10K gold has paler, subtler and less pronounced coloration than 14K, 18K and 24K gold.

10K Gold As A Jewelry

The gold purity of a jewelry piece is measured in karats, and the 10k gold jewelry has 41.7% gold. 10k gold is the minimum amount of gold a piece can contain and be labeled as gold jewelry. However, this is true for the U.S. Some countries of the world as accept 9k gold as gold jewelry (37.5% gold). 10K gold is swiftly becoming one of the number one alternative options for jewelry shoppers on a budget. With gold prices so high, 10K gold jewelry has enough gold so that it still looks and feels great, but is alloyed with enough other metals so that the price isn’t exorbitant. 10K gold is found in so much jewelry these days, especially if you’re looking for pieces at low to mid-range pieces. It looks great and is a great alternative to higher, more expensive grades such as 14K and 18K.

Different Colors Of 10K Gold

These are the different colors of 10k gold:

  • Yellow gold is naturally occurring and is the purest form of the metal. For jewelry, it is made into an alloy by combining pure gold with metals such as zinc and copper. Most 10K yellow gold is made up of 52% silver and 6.3% copper in addition to its gold content. This means that there’s actually more silver in 10K yellow gold than there is pure gold. Yellow gold isn’t typically coated with rhodium, meaning you won’t need to get jewelry dipped like you would with white gold. As with other 10K gold colors, 10K yellow gold is very affordable. In fact, it’s the least expensive type of yellow gold on the market. It’s generally quite easy for jewelers to manipulate yellow gold, although the low purity level of 10K gold can affect this. Yellow gold looks particularly good on people with olive or darker skin tones.
  • White gold is a metal that has grown in popularity over the years. It is mixed with palladium or nickel to give it a color close to silver or platinum. 10K white gold is an alloy of 41.7% gold and other metals such as silver, zinc and palladium. A ring or other piece of jewelry made out of 10K white gold will usually contain as much as 47.4% silver, 10% palladium and 0.9% zinc, meaning less than half of the metal is pure gold. White gold is made using silver, zinc and palladium, which are relatively durable metals that increase its strength. These metals make up a fairly large percentage of 10K gold, making it a durable, quite scratch-resistant metal. The color of white gold is light and neutral, meaning it won’t make diamonds and other white gemstones appear to have a yellow or pink color which is a common issue with yellow and rose gold. For people with rosy or fair skin tones, white gold’s light and neutral appearance looks particularly elegant and beautiful.
  • Rose gold is the most affordable type of gold because it’s mixed with copper to give it the rose color. Rose gold is an alloy including about 25% copper, which gives it a pinkish color. The most common alloy composition for 10K rose gold is 20% silver and 38.3% copper. Because of its copper content, rose gold has a warm, attractive pinkish-red color. Just like white and yellow gold, 10K rose gold isn’t very pure. As a result, it’s color is noticeably duller than 14K and 18K rose gold. It’s slightly more durable than 14K rose gold. 10K rose gold contains almost 40% copper, a relatively inexpensive metal. Because of this, it’s often a more affordable metal than white gold and yellow gold. The high copper content of rose gold, and particularly 10K rose gold, makes it a strong type of gold that’s difficult to bend, warp or scratch. Rose gold is aesthetically versatile, meaning it can look fantastic on pale, olive or dark stone tones.
  • Green gold is made by combining silver, gold, and occasionally copper. The silver in the mixing of the metals that causes the green look. Green gold is best described as yellow gold with a slightly greenish hint. Green gold is noticeable when it is used in a piece of jewelry next to areas of yellow, white, and pink gold. The classic mixture that produces green gold is an alloy of pure yellow gold and pure silver, though for rings, harder metals such as nickel or zinc are sometimes added to make the gold more durable. 10k green gold would contain ten parts yellow gold and fourteen parts silver.

Advantages and Disadvantages of 10K Gold

Here are the advantages of 10K Gold:

  • The biggest advantage of 10K gold is its price. Because 10K gold is less pure than 14K gold, it usually costs significantly less to buy an engagement ring or other jewelry that’s made from this type of gold.
  • 10K gold is slightly more durable than 14K gold. Because it’s made from a smaller amount of pure gold and a larger amount of more durable alloy metals, this type of gold is more resistant to scratches, scuffs, dents and other common damage.

Here are the advantages of 10K Gold:

  • The biggest disadvantage of 10K gold is its low purity level. 10K gold only contains 41.7% pure gold, meaning that pure gold actually accounts for less than half of the materials used to create this metal.
  • Another disadvantage of 10k gold is its risk of causing skin irritation if you’re allergic to certain metals. If you’re allergic to copper, silver, nickel, zinc, or iron, it’s possible for your skin to break out with allergic contact dermatitis if you wear a 10k gold ring for a long period of time.
  • 10K gold isn’t commonly used in high quality engagement rings, meaning you might find it difficult to find this metal struggle to find this metal.
  • This low purity level means that 10K gold has something of a dull appearance compared to 14K gold. Instead of the warm, rich color that most people associate with gold, 10K gold can appear washed out and lacking in vibrancy.

How We Evaluate the Value of 10K Gold

  1. Gold Purity – The purity of gold is measured by its carats or karats. We’ll have to know what is the karat of the gold.
  2. Hallmarks – This is a system that determines and guarantees the gold’s purity.  These marks establish the origin and fineness of the precious metal and ensures it has been accurately and independently tested. In Hallmarking the metal and fineness mark for 18 carat is 750. The mark for 14 carat gold is 585. The mark for 9 carat is 375.
  3. The Gram Weight – The amount of grams in a gold is the measure of the gold content in the item. Knowing the gram weight of a gold will allow you to compare the amount of gold with other karats. After that, we’ll have to weigh the gold by its carats. A 14K gold will weigh more than a 10K gold of the same size because 14k has more gold content than 10K. Likewise, an 18K gold will weigh more than a 14K gold.
  4. Obtain the Market Price of Gold in Ounces – First is to check the market price of gold in ounces. If pure gold is selling for $1300 per ounce in the metal markets, then one gram is going for $41.80 ($1300/31.1g).

Price Quote for 10K Gold

These are the different estimated prices we pay for gold per weight:

  • Gold’s price per gram can cost up to $60.
  • Gold’s price per ounce can cost up to $1,740.
  • Gold’s price per kilo can cost up to $55,800.

These are the different prices we pay for gold per karat:

  • 6K Gold can cost up to $14
  • 8K Gold can cost up to $19
  • 9K Gold can cost up to $21
  • 10K Gold can cost up to $24
  • 12K Gold can cost up to $28
  • 14K Gold can cost up to $33
  • 16K Gold can cost up to $38
  • 18K Gold can cost up to $48
  • 21K Gold can cost up to $49
  • 22K Gold can cost up to $52
  • 23K Gold can cost up to $54
  • 24K Gold can cost up to $56

Prices are figured using troy oz scale and not standard oz. A troy ounce is 31.1034768 grams not the usual 28.3495 grams. If pure gold or 24K gold is selling for $1300 per ounce in the metal markets, then one gram is going for $41.80 ($1300/31.1g).

By Pennyweight

A dealer wants to sell a 10K gold item weighing 3 dwt for $75.

  • To get the pennyweight price, divide the daily gold price per troy ounce, $400, by 20. (1 troy ounce equals 20 dwt).
  • Thus, $400/20 = $20 per dwt.
  • To get the pure gold price for the item, multiply 3 dwt, the weight of the item, times $20.
  • Thus, 3 x $20 = $60. (This would be the price if the item were 24K or 100% gold).
  • To get the 10K gold price for the item, multiply $60, the pure gold price, by 0.6. (Remember, 10K gold contains approximately 42% gold and 58% alloy).
  • Thus, $60 x 0.42 = $25.2.

So, the 3 dwt, 10K item contains $25.2 worth of gold, when gold sells at $400 per troy ounce.

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