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Confused by gold carats?

We're about to unlock the golden mysteries for you! Picture this: you're in the market for some stunning gold jewelry, but suddenly you're faced with the perplexing choices of 9k, 14k, and 18k gold. Don't fret! Let's break it down:


So, first of all we in NZ use "ct" or "k" interchangeably as an abbreviation for "carat" or "karat" meaning how pure the gold is...pure gold is too soft to be of practical use in jewellery so we alloy (mix) it with other metals to give us different properties...


9ct or 9k gold: Think of it as the sturdy workhorse of the gold world. It's 37.5% pure gold, mixed with other metals for durability. It has a slightly pinkish hue and is ideal for fair skinned tones. Great for everyday wear and perfect if you're on a budget but still want that golden glow.


14ct or 14k gold: Ah, so pretty... At 58.5% pure gold, it's more lustrous and durable than 9k. We normally describe it as being a little more lemony in colour tone. It strikes a balance between richness and resilience, making it a popular choice for both everyday wear and special occasions.


18ct or 18k gold: Here's where we crank up the luxury! At 75% pure gold, it's the pinnacle of opulence. It's softer and more malleable than 14k, which means it's ideal for intricate designs and those who prioritize pure gold's warm radiance. The colour is rich, bright and luxurious...just yummy basically!


So, there you have it! Whether you're drawn to the practicality of 9k, the balance of 14k, or the sheer elegance of 18k, there's a golden option waiting to adorn you at Vu Jewellers. Happy shopping!




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