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14K gold is an excellent choice for an engagement ring or any other piece of fine jewelry. As a beautiful and durable metal, 14K gold is also reasonably priced. The color of gold you decide on should primarily be based on personal preference, skin tone and current fashion. Consider a yellow gold setting like this pave engagement ring, a solitaire rose gold setting like this or a white gold halo setting like this. For assistance in selecting a stunning setting or diamond, be sure to contact our experts.
Represented by the chemical symbol Au and atomic number 79, gold is a naturally occurring element. As the most malleable of all metals, gold makes for an ideal material when creating fine jewelry. 14K gold 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. 14 Karat specifically refers to the metal mix that is 58.3% gold, compared with 18 Karat that is 75% gold. 14K gold is used for engagement rings, eternity bands, pendants, earrings and other fine jewelry pieces. With 14K gold, the metal is beautiful but also durable for everyday wear.
To determine if a piece of jewelry is made with 14K gold, you can look for a stamp that indicates its metal mixture. Some gold jewelry pieces are well-marked with a bold 14K stamp, though in other cases, stamps are fake or indicate the piece is only gold-plated. In some instances, a stamp does not exist at all, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the piece is not gold. If you’re uncertain if a metal is 14K gold, or gold at all, it’s best to consult with an expert.
The following stamps indicate that a setting is made of 14K gold:
Because pure gold is too soft to be worn everyday, it is essential to create a metal mixture when using gold for jewelry. 14K gold is an alloy composition made of gold and durable metals like zinc, nickel, silver and copper along with a rhodium plating. This sturdy blend is resistant to corrosion, rust and tarnish.
Karatage, which is expressed in 24ths and designated by a number followed by “k,” denotes the purity level of the gold. 24K gold, for example, is 100% gold. 18K gold is 75% gold and 14K gold is 58.3% gold.
Although a higher karat indicates a purer gold content, it also means a less durable metal. For this reason, 14K or 18K golds are usually used for engagement and wedding rings.
When selecting a 14K gold setting, you’ll notice three options: white gold, rose gold and yellow gold. While similar, each color differs in composition. The type of metal alloys used and percentage of each metal indicates what color the gold is.
Selecting the color of gold for your engagement ring or jewelry should be based primarily on personal preference, although composition and price may play a small role in your decision.
White gold is a mixture of pure gold and white metals like silver, nickel and palladium, usually with a rhodium coating.
Advantages of 14K white gold:
Disadvantages of 14K white gold:
Yellow gold is formed of pure gold and alloy metals like zinc and copper.
Advantages of 14K yellow gold:
Disadvantages of 14K yellow gold:
Rose gold refers to and encompasses the whole family of red, rose and pink shades of gold. With these colors, pure gold is alloyed with copper to produce the rose color. The more copper present in the mixture, the redder the gold appears. Similar to white gold, “pure rose gold” doesn’t exist—it is always an alloy.
Advantages of 14K rose gold:
Disadvantages of 14K rose gold:
When looking at the price of 14K gold, it’s helpful to compare it to other fine metal types: platinum and 18K gold. Generally speaking, 14K gold will be less expensive than both of these options, and considerably cheaper than a platinum setting. For example, the platinum setting for this solitaire ring costs $1,090. A similar 18K white gold setting, like this one, costs $770, while this similar 14K gold setting only costs $480. 14K gold offers durability and beauty while being the most affordable of fine jewelry metals.
The price of 14K gold doesn’t change much when it comes to color. For instance, this white gold solitaire setting costs $420, a similar ring in yellow gold costs $420 and a similar setting in rose gold is priced at $430.
The metal you choose for your jewelry should depend mostly on appearance, but also on longevity and cost. 14K gold is affordable compared to platinum and 18K gold options, making it an excellent choice for many budgets. 14K gold is ideal for engagement rings, but also pendants, bracelets, earrings and other fine jewelry pieces.
When it comes to determining the color of gold for an engagement ring, you’ll want to make sure the diamond looks white in relation to its setting. For instance, this J colored Oval diamond, which sometimes has a slight tint, looks white in relation to its 14K yellow gold setting. Yellow gold is often a great match for a stone with a lower color grade. This G color graded diamond pairs well with a white gold setting, though would certainly still look colorless in yellow or rose gold as well.
No matter the color you choose, 14K gold is an ideal choice for jewelry that will be worn daily and carries special meaning.
14K gold remains the most popular metal for engagement rings, at nearly 90% of all rings sold. It is durable, not easily tarnished and beautiful in any color.
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