One of the most common questions we receive from couples planning their custom engagement or wedding rings is "What is the difference between 9ct and 18ct gold?" This guide will walk you through the main characteristics that set them apart.
You may be wondering what exactly ‘ct’ or sometimes seen as ‘K’, refers to. The ‘carat’ of a metal denotes the percentage of pure gold in the alloy, with 9ct being 37.5% and 18ct 75% pure gold.
Gold in its purest form is too soft to be used in fine jewellery, so it is commonly mixed with other metals to increase its strength and durability, as well as to create unique colours like rose gold and white gold.
So which metal is best? Read more to learn about their durability for everyday wear and their ability to resist tarnish from everyday chemicals.
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Come in for a design consultation with one of our friendly jewellers, and choose from a carefully sourced selection of loose diamonds, sapphires or other coloured gemstones. All engagement rings are lovingly made in our studio workshops and are covered by our lifetime guarantee.Find out more
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