14K Gold Jewelry

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What Is A 14k Gold

Gold is measured by purity, or karats. The scale’s general spectrum is between 10 karats and 24 karats. The 14 karat gold is made up of 58.3% gold and 41.7% alloy, or 14 out of 24 parts gold. It is a mixture consisting primarily of gold, blended with durable metals such as zinc, nickel and copper along with a rhodium plating. Gold by itself is relatively soft, so the alloy metals strengthen the composition. 14K gold is a metal alloy with roughly 60% pure gold. The higher the gold, the higher the karatage. 14K gold is more durable compared to 18k gold, due to the higher percentage of alloy which hardens the metal.

14K Gold As A Jewelry

14k gold has a rich color, with the classic gold appearance that most customers look for in rings and other jewelry. Its color is slightly less saturated and intense than 18 karat gold, making it an excellent choice if you want gold jewelry that’s rich and attractive but not overly yellow.

14K gold is one of the most common gold alloys used in jewelry and a highly popular choice among consumers. It offers a durable and relatively affordable option for those who want gold jewelry. 14K is perfect in use for fine jewelry and is a top choice for engagement rings.

Different Colors Of 14K Gold

These are the different colors of 14k 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. 14K yellow gold jewelry is strong and costs less than 18K yellow gold jewelry. The 14K yellow gold is very popular and less expensive. It represents the purest color of all gold types and is the easiest gold color to maintain over time. It has a warm look that complements olive and darker skin tones. It also works well for vintage style settings. It’s the most hypoallergenic of the three gold types. Historically, it is the most popular metal for wedding and engagement bands. Matches easily with diamonds of a lower color grade.
  • 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. 14k white gold contains as much gold as 14k yellow gold but is nearly white in color. Note that white gold still has a very, very faint yellowish hint unless it is plated with rhodium, a common industry practice which we do not use because of the following reason: rhodium plating eventually wears off in raised areas, it leaves splotches of yellowish color which show up noticeably against the unworn areas.
  • 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. 14k rose gold is often the most desired due to the shade of pink. This color is created through the alloy. By blending gold with copper and other precious metals such as silver, the yellow gold takes on a more pink color. 14k rose gold, by definition, contains 58.5% pure gold. The additional copper creates a rosier, brighter pink color which is desired by customers. Additionally, the 14k rose gold is tougher and more resistant to damage; however, rose gold still requires the same amount of professional care including annual cleanings.
  • 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. 14k green gold would contain fourteen parts yellow gold and ten parts silver.

Advantages and Disadvantages of 14K Gold

Here are the advantages of 14K Gold:

  • First advantage is it’s affordable. Because pure gold makes up 58.3% of the metal content of 14K gold, an engagement ring made from 14K gold will usually cost slightly less than the same ring made from 18K gold.
  • Second, 14K gold is fairly durable. Gold is quite a soft, malleable metal that scratches, bends and warps easily. This means that the purer a gold engagement ring is, the easier it becomes to scratch it on door frames, desks, tables, the ground and other surfaces.
  • Third, while 14K gold isn’t as pure as 18K gold, its relatively high pure gold content means that it retains the warmth and rich color that people associate with gold. Although it can look slightly dull when compared side-by-side with 18K gold, 14K gold looks stunning on its own.
  • Finally, 14K gold is ubiquitous and widely available in the world of engagement rings. It’s by far the most popular type of gold for engagement rings, accounting for about 90% of all rings sold in the US, UK and other Western countries.

Here are the advantages of 14K Gold:

  • 14k gold is its potential to trigger skin irritation. Because 14k gold has a higher alloy content than 18k gold, it can occasionally result in itchy, uncomfortable skin if you have a copper, silver, nickel, zinc, or iron allergy.
  • 14K gold isn’t quite as aesthetically pleasing as 18K gold. Although it has a rich and impressive color, the appearance of 14K gold isn’t quite as strong as that of 18K gold due to its lower gold purity level.

14K VS. 10K Gold

14K gold contains 58.5% gold and 41.5% alloy and is usually the most popular choice for wedding rings and engagement rings. Since it contains more gold, 14K is more expensive. In terms of the color, 10K gold looks slightly more pale than 14K gold. Usually you won’t be able to see the difference with your bare eyes.

While 10K gold contains 41.7% gold and 58.3% alloy, which means it contains more alloy than gold and therefore is a less expensive option. Pure gold is a soft metal that tends to bend and scratch very easily, so since 10K gold has the most alloy in it, it’s more durable than 14K 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. In addition to its lower price, 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.

Because 14K gold is also more than 40% alloy metals, it’s durable enough for the vast majority of people. A 14K gold ring will be resistant enough to scratches, dents, warping and other damage for her to wear every day. 14K gold’s higher purity level also means that it’s less likely to trigger metal allergies and cause skin reactions than 10K gold.

How We Evaluate the Value of 14K 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 14K 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 14K gold item weighing 3 dwt for $90.

  • 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 14K gold price for the item, multiply $60, the pure gold price, by 0.6. (Remember, 14K gold contains approximately 60% gold and 40% alloy).
  • Thus, $60 x 0.6 = $36.

So, the 3 dwt, 14K item contains $36 worth of gold, when gold sells at $400 per troy ounce.

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