Pure 24 Karat Gold
March 23rd, 2017
What is rich reddish gold? What looks great on men and women of any body type or coloring? What is prized the world over as jewelry and for its monetary value? The answer to these questions and many others is 24 karat gold.
What Is 24 Karat Gold?
The short answer is that 24 karat gold is as pure as it gets. In other words, it has not been blended with another metal to make it stronger, less expensive, or to change the color. It is pure gold. The word “karat,” or carat in countries other than the U.S., comes from the origination of the weighing system used for gold.
The earliest measure of gold was done by using the seed of the carob, keration (in Greek), which translates to English as either karat or carat. Today, the karat weight of gold depends solely upon the other alloys, blended metals, found in a particular piece of jewelry. Gold is measured based on a system that is roughly equivalent to 24 ancient carob seeds.
According to this system, then, 1 karat is equivalent to 1/24 pure gold. However, the lowest karat weight that is generally accepted in the U.S. is 9 karats or 9 parts pure gold and 15 parts alloy materials. It follows, then, that 24 karat gold equals 24/24 parts pure gold, or is a piece of jewelry that is pure gold with no alloy materials.
The Benefits And Drawbacks
The benefit to owning 24 karat gold jewelry, aside from the purity of the piece, is the lack of alloy materials. While this may appeal to a collector or purist, it is also something that people that suffer from allergic reactions to nickel may consider. Nickel is a commonly used alloy material in gold jewelry and is, quite often, responsible for allergic reactions to metal.
The drawback to 24 karat gold jewelry is softness. Gold is not a hard metal, which is one of the main reasons that it is usually alloyed with other materials. Therefore, it is important to purchase good thick heavy pieces rather than something thin and less likely to maintain its shape or wear well.
Additionally, it is always vital to make sure your piece of 24 karat gold jewelry is stamped, usually 24K, so that you can be comfortable knowing that you are paying for pure gold and not some variation. 24 karat gold is commonly used in necklaces, rings, bracelets and earring, and once you see the rich color and feel the delicate purity, you will know the reason so many will wear nothing but the purest of gold.