Pure gold is very soft and pliable, and alloys of different precious metals are combined with pure gold to enhance its durability and strength, as well as creating a blush in the gold’s appearance with different color tones. 24 karat is 100 % pure gold, and is more expensive and less durable than gold that is alloyed with other metals.
Gold purity for the mostly used Karats:
24 Karat – 24K Gold with 100% purity
22 Karat – 22K Gold with 91.6% purity
18 Karat – 18K Gold with 75% purity
14 Karat – 14K Gold with 58.33% purity
12 Karat – 12K Gold with 50% purity
10 Karat – 10K Gold with 41.67% purity
Pink / Rose Gold
Other Gold Colors
18K Yellow Gold: 75% fine gold, 15% copper, 10% fine silver.
14K Yellow Gold: 58.5% fine gold, 29% copper, 12.5% fine silver.
18K White Gold: 75% fine gold, 2 % copper, 17% nickel, 6% zinc.
14K White Gold: 58.5% fine gold, 23% copper, 12.5% nickel, 6% zinc.
18K Green Gold: 75% fine gold, 25% fine silver.
18K Pink/Rose Gold: 75% fine gold, 25% copper.