Types of Gold

9K, 10K, 12K, 14K, 18K, 22K, 24K Gold: You might have heard gold being described by a certain number followed by the letter ‘K’. This simply tells you how much actual gold is in the ‘gold’ jewelry or jewelry in question. Something that is 24K gold is technically pure gold (although depending on the country, pureness of 99% is usually enough to qualify it as 24K). The K refers to the term ‘karat‘ which is an ancient form of weight but now is used to determine the pureness of the gold in question. For example 12K (which is half of 24K), would tell you that your ‘gold’ item has 50% actual gold inside it, with the rest being other types of metal such as copper and silver. So whatever the karat value of your gold, divide it by 24 and multiply by 100 to reach the % purity that your gold holds. In the U.S. gold below 10K purity can’t be sold as gold jewelry.


10k Gold:

10k Gold consists of 41.7% gold. 10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts another metals like Palladium or Silver, making it 41.7% gold.  This is the minimum purity that can still be considered gold in the United States. It weighs the least when compared to higher karat gold.

14k Gold:

14k Gold consists of 58.3% gold. 14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of another metals, making it 58.3% gold. This is the MOST POPULAR form of Gold for jewlery in United States.

18k Gold:

18k Gold consists of 75% gold. 18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of another metals, making it 75% gold. This is the MOST POPULAR form of Gold for jewelry in India, Australia and some parts of EUROPE.

22k Gold:

22k Gold consists of 91.66% gold. 22K gold contains 22 parts gold and only 2 parts of another metals, making it 91.6% gold. This is the MOST POPULAR form of Gold for jewelry in India.  This is maily used for plain gold jewelry. Diamond studded Gold jewelry are mainly made in 18k, 14k or 10k gold.

24k Gold:

This is the purest gold considered world wide. Also, it varies from one country to another for whether they value 99% or 999% for being pure 24k gold. While buying bullion bars or COINS, please keep an eye on the purity of the 24k gold being offered.