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When looking for jewellery or investing in gold, it is important to understand the concept of ‘karat’ and what it means for the purity of gold. In this article, we will explore the meaning of karat and how experts measure the purity of gold to help you choose the right karat for your jewellery.
Karat is a measure of the purity of gold and represents the percentage of pure gold contained in an alloy. The carat scale ranges from 1 to 24, with 24K corresponding to completely pure gold (or as pure as can be obtained). At 24K, the gold content is at least 99.9 per cent, which is known as fine gold. 24K gold is mainly used in the production of gold bars and gold coins.
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Gold is a remarkably soft and precious metal. Because of its softness, jewellery made from pure gold would be difficult to make and very fragile. To make gold jewellery harder and more durable, gold must be mixed with other metals such as silver and copper. By mixing gold, you can create an alloy that is stronger and more durable than pure gold.
Carat levels: Carat levels indicate the purity and gold content of gold. Here are some common carat levels and their properties:
To guarantee consumer confidence and ensure the authenticity of gold products, gold must be stamped with a gold hallmark that indicates the carat content and purity of the gold. Gold hallmarks are common and give you important information when buying gold.
Gold hallmarks play a crucial role in determining the authenticity and purity of gold products. These marks give consumers confidence and show that the gold product fulfils specific quality requirements. Here’s a closer look at why gold hallmarks are important and what information you can get by looking at them.
By seeing the number 18 in the image above, we can immediately determine that the ring is made of 75% gold!
By looking at gold hallmarks, you can get important information about the purity, origin and manufacturer of the gold. Here are some common types of gold hallmarks and what they represent:
Carat stamp: A carat stamp indicates the purity and carat content of the gold. For example, you may see marks like “24K” for completely pure gold, “18K” for 18 carat gold, “14K” for 14 carat gold, and so on. The karat stamp confirms that the purity of the gold matches the stated carat content.
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Now that you have a better understanding of karat and its importance to the purity of gold, you can make more informed decisions when buying gold jewellery. Be sure to pay attention to the carat content and gold hallmarks to ensure you are buying genuine gold of the desired purity.
Remember that karat affects not only the purity of gold but also its price. Purer gold with higher karat levels tends to be more expensive than gold with lower karat levels. So choose the carat level that suits your preferences and budget.
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