What’s the difference between solid gold jewelry and gold plated jewelry? If you have ever asked yourself this question and wondered if this difference affects the quality and price, then this article is a must read!
Solid 24k carat gold jewelry is made entirely out of pure gold. You can tell if jewelry is made out of pure gold if it has a 24 carat gold stamp. Gold is measured based on the carat standard. The percentage of gold in the jewelry goes down as you decrease number of carats. Solid 18k and 14k gold jewlery is made almost entirely out of pure gold, but can also include other metals such as copper to strengthen the jewelry.
Gold plated jewelry is made from other metals such as brass and covered on the outside by a thin layer of gold. This is usually done by using electricity and chemicals to bond the gold to the metal. These jewelry items have the look of gold but are not solid gold.
Solid 24k gold jewelry items are soft and malleable. Gold has a very easy time warping and bending. Solid gold is not normally a great choice for rings because the gold loop and the gold prongs will lose their integrity much faster than other metals. On the other hand, gold-plated jewelry is much stronger than solid gold and can endure more abuse from everyday wear.
Solid gold jewelry is very valuable and very expensive. While gold plated jewelry is significantly less expensive than gold jewelry, gold jewelry will hold better over the years. Solid gold jewelry will also not tarnish over time since gold is extremely resistant. The metal under gold plated jewelry will tarnish over the years and cause discoloration if not properly cleaned.
The debate over which type of jewelry to choose depends on the what your looking for. We can answer this question by comparing gold teeth grillz, one of the most popular hip hop fashion fads of this century. Gold teeth are made from creating a custom mold of a person’s mouth. Placing jewlery in your teeth creates an interesting challenge to maintain the integrity of the jewelry. The mouth can be moist and the acids there can damage the jewelry. Choosing solid gold teeth or 14k plated gold teeth depends on your budget and how long you plan on wearing the grillz for.
Solid gold teeth have an excellent, beautiful shine and don’t decay over time. However, the gold is so soft that it will easily bend with time in one’s mouth. On the other hand gold-plated teeth are very sturdy. Since they are plated with gold, they are also very shiny. The plated teeth may not last as long as the solid gold teeth though because the metal will tarnish from use over time.
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