Did you know that there are several types of jewelry metals?

By knowing information about the different metals, you will be able to make a better and more informed decision about purchasing your jewelry.

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Gold is the most popular choice for wedding rings and engagement rings, and in dress rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.

There are two things to consider when looking at gold. First, which gold karat to choose and second, the gold color or the combination of gold colors available.

There are several karats available for gold.

The karat is the gold content of the metal. The karat measures the proportion of pure gold mixed with other metal alloy to make up the final metal.

The karat of gold is represented in the abbreviation kt or K.

You may notice that carat or ct is also used to measure the weight of diamonds and gemstones. Although the same name is used, the two measurements are measuring different characteristics of jewelry.

The higher the proportion of gold used in the final metal, the more valuable and expensive the metal will be. So all other things being the same, an 18kt ring will be more expensive than a 14kt ring and a 14kt ring will be more expensive than a 9kt ring.

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Jewelry is normally stamped with a marking to show the type of gold. The stamps only indicate the carat of metal. They do not indicate the color of the metal. So for example an 18kt yellow gold ring would have a stamp of 750 as would an 18kt white gold ring. The stamps only indicate the carat of metal. They do not indicate the color of the metal. So for example an 18kt yellow gold ring would have a stamp of 750 or 18kt as would an 18kt white gold ring.

9kt, 14kt and 18kt gold are each relatively hard and durable metals and are suitable for use in all types of fine jewelry. Gold is also suitable to be used in jewelry that is worn on an every day basis.

More about the other metals next time… Stay tuned!