Carat gold

With solid gold jewelry, you will always see the number of carats of gold listed with the jewelry. But what do these numbers really mean?

Pure gold, like pure silver, is too soft to wear as jewelry. Therefore, other material is added to the gold to make the material harder and to work it better so that we can wear the gold as jewelry. Gold is alloyed.
Pure gold is referred to as 24 karat gold, or 1,000 parts gold. By 9 carats of gold, it is meant that 9 parts of 24 are gold, or 375 parts of 1,000 parts of gold. So you see the hallmark 375 on 9-carat jewelry, to indicate how many carats of gold the jewelry has. It also refers to 37.5% (where 100% is 24 carats). At 14 carats, there are 14 parts out of 24 parts of gold, or 585 parts out of 1,000 parts. 585 is also used as a hallmark. The same goes for 18 karat gold, here 18 parts of 24 parts gold, so 750 parts of 1,000 parts.
Thus, there are multiple levels, usually up to 22 carats of gold. So if it does not mention the number of carats of gold, you can always check if it does mention the number of parts (333, 375, 585, etc.).

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