Gold comes in different karats and colors. The most frequently used colors of gold, especially in jewelry, are white and yellow gold. But what is the difference between these types? What are the advantages in choosing one over the other?
White gold and yellow gold are both of the same precious metal named Aurum. Basically, the only difference between these two is the kind of alloy used. The actual value of each depends on pureness of gold or what we call karat.
The “karat” tells how much alloy of other metals is used 18k gold is 75% gold and 25% alloy, 14 karat has more alloy, etc. One might think that yellow gold would always be more expensive than white because it is purer, but that isn’t necessarily true. White gold can be more expensive because it’s harder to fabricate.
A good gold manufacturer is judged by his or her ability to use the different alloys to achieve the qualities desired in jewelry.
Just so you can really impress the girls at bridge tonight, 24k gold is 99.99% gold, 22k is 91.67% gold, and 20k is 83.33% gold.
Those of such high karatage are most often used in Asia and the Middle East. Generally, 20k or higher is yellow in color. 18k is 75% gold and is the most common karatage in Europe. It’s also popular in America and can be yellow or other colors. 18k white gold made with nickel is very hard. 18k yellow gold is softer than its 14k counterpart. 14k gold is most common in the USA and can be yellow or other colors.
Ultimately, the decision to choose one color of gold over another is a matter of personal preference. It all depends really on her taste. If she doesn’t like yellow gold, obviously get her a white gold or vice versa.