Gold is a treasured metal and has been used for jewelry throughout history. Gold jewelry can vary in its karatage, varying between 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 22kt, and 24kt. Karatage refers to gold content in a metal and is expressed out of 24. Therefore, a piece of jewelry that is 10kt means it is 10 out of 24 parts gold or 41.6% gold, 14kt gold is really 58.3% gold, 18kt means it is 75% gold, 22kt is 91.6% gold, and 24kt is 99.9% gold (pure gold). Generally, 10kt and 14kt gold are more durable gold alloys and are a paler gold color. 18kt, 22kt, and 24kt gold options are increasingly warmer in color and are often more expensive due to their higher gold content. Of the major metals, yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic. Those who have allergies to base metals should look for 14kt - 24kt gold jewelry in order to avoid allergic reactions. generally a soft metal; therefore, it should be worn with care to avoid bending, dents, and scratches.
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