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9 & 18 CARAT GOLD COMPARED

9 CARAT GOLD

WHITE

  • 37.5% gold content with other alloys including silver

  • Hallmarked "375"

  • Slightly softer precious metal makes it marginally vulnerable to dents and abrasions over the long term

  • Visually silver white appearance

  • Lower price point than 18 carat gold

  • More vulnerable to tarnishing over time but less so than silver

YELLOW

  • 37.5% gold content

  • Hallmarked "375"

  • Slightly softer and more vulnerable to wear over long periods

  • Visually light yellow tone

  • Lower price point than 18 carat gold

  • More vulnerable to tarnishing over time but less so than silver

ROSE OR PINK

  • 37.5% gold with high copper content

  • Hallmarked "375"

  • Slightly softer and more vulnerable to wear over long periods

  • Visually reddish - pink tone

  • Lower price point than 18 carat gold

  • More vulnerable to tarnishing over time but less so than silver

18 CARAT GOLD

WHITE

  • 75% gold content with a lower silver component

  • Hallmarked "750"

  • Higher gold content makes it harder and more durable for regular long term wear

  • Visually silver white appearance similar to 9 carat gold

  • Higher price point than 9 carat gold

  • Not vulnerable to tarnishing

YELLOW

  • 75% gold content

  • Hallmarked "750"

  • Higher gold content makes it harder and more durable for regular long term wear

  • Visually richer brownish - yellow tone

  • Higher price point than 9 carat gold

  • Not vulnerable to tarnishing

ROSE OR PINK

  • 75% gold with commensurably less copper content

  • Hallmarked "750"

  • Higher gold content makes it harder and more durable for regular long term wear

  • Visually light colour with a more gold - pink tone

  • Higher price point than 9 carat gold

  • Not vulnerable to tarnishing

Minor pitting, dents and abrasions which may occur in both 9 and 18 carat gold as a result of regular long term wear can be professionally polished out.

Gold jewellery should be cleaned with a suitable gold cleaning fluid or application on a regular basis to prevent tarnishing. When not in use store gold jewellery items individually in a jewellery box in a dry environment.