Helpful Hints And Jewelry Information
Pure gold is 24K, but it is soft and easy to dent or bend so it is alloyed with other metals to make it sturdier. 24K, 22K, 18K, 14K, 12K, 9K are all references to the amount of gold in the metal alloy used in the jewelry. When you see these numbers referencing karats this is how many parts of the gold alloy are pure gold. 14K means it is 14 out of 24 parts pure gold and 10 parts other metals (copper, tin, zinc, silver). 18K is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals.