COLORS & KARATS OF GOLD
Most customers have many questions about the choices in colors and karats of gold. There are so many available choices which can make it confusing and perhaps overwhelming for some. So we want to make it simple by giving you some of the basics behind the different types of materials you have to choose from.
To start with we look at 24 karat gold. 24K is 100% pure gold which is usually too soft to withstand everyday wear and tear of a wedding band. So your question probably is, how do we make gold jewelry that you can wear? Alloys! Alloys are created when one metal is mixed with other metals to create a stronger version of itself.
Karats are created by mixing different ratios of metals together. 14k gold is incredibly durable containing 58% pure gold. 18k gold is also very strong but is also richer in color since it contains 75% pure gold, this makes it the more precious (and more expensive) option. In the case of yellow gold the remainder is a mix of equal parts silver and copper with a small amount of zinc.
Rose gold, like yellow gold, is alloyed with silver, copper and zinc. However, with rose gold the ratio is shifted to incorporate more copper and less silver, resulting in a warmer hue. But not nearly enough copper to turn your finger green (a common concern).
Palladium white gold is a mix of pure gold, copper, silver, and palladium. Learn more about other white metal options here. Fine silver, similar to 24k gold, is pure silver and incredibly soft and malleable. Sterling silver is an alloy made up of fine silver and copper, it is more durable than pure silver but still very soft compared to gold alloys. Palladium sterling silver is a stronger silver option, but will still show wear much faster than any gold.
Colors: All gold starts out rich and yellow, in the case of white gold and rose gold it is actually the alloyed metals that gives them their color. All colors of gold still contain the same amount of pure gold per karat. (18k at 75% and 14k at 58% pure gold)
Bottom line, for wedding bands that you plan to wear everyday 14k or 18k golds will stand the test of time. From there you just have to decide which color and karat best fits your personality, personal style and budget.