Questions about Karatage
What is Karatage?
Karatage refers to the amount of pure gold in a piece of jewelry. 24K is 100% gold, which is absolutely pure but really soft. So we combine it with other metals to make it stronger. 18K is 75% pure gold. 14K is 58.3% gold and is the most popular choice in the US. Anything below 10K cannot legally be called gold jewelry in the US.
Are all gold bands yellow?
Gold is naturally yellow but can be mixed or in jeweler terms called alloyed with other metals to create a variety of colors from white to rose gold…. and even green gold.
Why choose gold for wedding bands?
Its physical durability, strength, and intrinsic value have made it the definitive choice for wedding bands for almost two thousand years. Plus even though it’s strong, its still malleable, which allows for a huge varity of designs, finishes, sizing, and engraving.
Why do men choose gold as their wedding band more then any other metal?
Gold is strong and durable, yet flexible, making it the ultimate high-performance metal. Also most of the strong heritage that he US has with gold is because during WWII many soldiers wore gold bands to remind them of their loved ones back at home.
What’s the story with newer alternative metals?
Wedding bands are now being made from a variety of non-precious metals. Like, titanium, tungsten, cobalt and a slew of new low-cost industrial metals every year. Just remember, gold is a precious metal with high intrinsic value. Over time it has proven to hold its value. Gold purchased 25 years ago is now worth 10 times as much. Plus this makes it even more significant for those who will one day inherit bands.
Are gold wedding bands a popular choice?
Heck yeah! According to the Knot marketing intelligence, 78% of US brides and men prefer gold wedding bands. Even some of the world’s most famous brides have chosen gold, like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and generations of royals before her.
How much should I spend on a wedding band?
I get asked this all the time and my answer is always the same. The only things you have after your wedding is your memories, photos, and rings. Rings that are usually worn EVERY DAY throughout the rest of your marriage. So it should be a pretty significant part of your wedding budget.