What's the deal with 10k gold?
10K GOLD IS HAVING A MOMENT, BUT WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?
It's hard to be an informed shopper if you don't know what karat gold is, so let's make sure we're on the same page...
A karat is a unit of fineness for gold. The purest form of gold is 24 karat, meaning 24 out of 24 parts, or 99.999%, is gold.
All other karats of gold are gold alloys, meaning it's a mixture of pure gold and other metals. (Learn more about gold here.)
10k gold is 10 parts pure gold and 14 parts other metals.
MORAL OF THE STORY?
10 karat gold has more other metals than pure gold.
Technically, 10k is the lowest karat of gold that's still considered fine jewelry, so marketing it as such is legal. However, from a jewelry lover's standpoint, it's more other metals than pure gold.
Buying 10k, 14k, or 18k gold jewelry is a personal and financial preference. There's nothing wrong with any of those options; unless you have a nickel allergy, then be careful with 10k.
I choose to sell a minimum of 14k because I want gold to be the majority in my designs. Check out my shop here. ☺️
Cheers to being an informed shopper!