What does 14k gold really mean? A guide to the karat system
At Royal, we often get asked the difference between 14K and 18K gold. Here’s how to understand the karat system used in the US and Canada.
Karats are measurements of purity in relation to the mass of an object. Visualize a scale of 1 to 24; 24 is the top. 24K has 24 out of 24 parts gold. It is 100% pure gold (99.9%). In comparison, 14K indicates that there are 14 parts gold out of 24 total parts (14/24). That means that your 14K gold ring is 58.33% gold and 41.67% some other alloy.
Here’s a table of Karats
22K = 91.66% gold
20K = 83.33% gold
18K = 75% gold
14K = 58.33% gold
10K = 41.66% gold
Example: a 10K ring, weighing a total of 10 grams will contain 4.166 grams of gold.
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