Gold | FAQ

Gold has long been treasured for its natural beauty and radiance. We love solid gold jewellery for its lustre, shine and timelessness. When shopping for jewellery you are bound to come across different gold terminology. Whether it relates to karats or what each karat type mean, all your top questions about solid gold jewellery are explained below. 

Why don't you see jewellery made out of 24K gold?

24 karat gold is entirely pure which means it is very soft and susceptible to denting. For this reason, jewellery is commonly made of pure gold mixed with a percentage of specific alloys to produce different karats - 9K, 10K, 14K, 18K and 22K.

How can I check if an item is solid gold?

You can look for a hallmark (stamp) which will signify the gold karat. This could be found on the inner band of a ring or on a chain clasp for example. Certain numbers will help determine what karat of gold the piece is.

When shopping online, look at the description and see what karat type is used. References to gold plated, sterling silver with gold plating/gold vermeil or gold-filled refers to other jewellery production techniques and materials other than solid gold. 

What does each hallmark represent?

The hallmark represents the percentage of pure gold. Since pure 24K gold is too soft for everyday jewellery wear, it is common for jewellery to be made with pure gold mixed with other alloys like copper or silver for example. 

Karat Percentage of gold Hallmark/Stamping
9K 37.5% 375
10K 41.7% 417
14K 58.3% 585
18K 75% 750
22K 91.6%/91.7% 916/917


What are the differences between each karat type? 

Due to the percentage of pure gold, each karat type will vary. Higher karat gold (18K or 22K) will appear more yellow in colour and tone. Jewellery made from 9K and 10K will have a paler yellow colour tone in comparison. Price will also vary based on the karat type with 18K and 22K being priced higher. Ultimately it is a personal preference where colour tone and price can be considered. 

What type of jewellery can be renewed down the line?

We love solid gold jewellery for its sustainability and longevity. Being a precious metal, the value of gold will always be retained. Apart from being an heirloom keepsake, solid gold can be refined and repurposed down the track. This means unwanted solid gold jewellery can be melted down. The materials can then be remade into a new design or the monetary value retained. 

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