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What is karat? 9karat, 14karat, 18karat and 24karat

Have you wondered what the difference is between different karats of gold? 



24K, 22K, 18K, 14K, 9K… What does it all mean?


Let’s start by explaining the use of the term: Karat. (Not to be confused with Carat, carat is the measurement of weight in gemstones)  Karat, with a "K" is to measure the purity of gold. Karat indicates the amount of gold composition / percentage in your jewellery.

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24K is the highest level you can purchase as it is pure gold, meaning 24 out of 24 parts in the gold is pure with no other metals detected.

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Meaning gold jewellery that is marked at 9K is only 37.5% pure gold and the majority of its composition would be mixed metal.

Here at VOA, we use 18K, which is 75% pure gold and 25% mixed with other metals such as silver and copper, this is because 24K gold is malleable, meaning, it is too soft to be used for everyday jewellery.  Adding metals such as silver makes it more durable without deforming or severely scratching when wearing it on day to day basis.



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