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9 carat gold - how good /bad is it??

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D2B

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Hi
I found a cute little 9 carrat yellow and white gold necklace and am wondering how good/bad this is. The cost is reasonable. I usually have 18 carate gold jewellery. What are the pro''s / cons''s of 9 carat? Should I stay clear of it??
Any feedback really appreciated.
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Stone Hunter

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My understanding is that it has alot less gold in it 9 parts out of 24 parts. This makes it less expensive and harder/more durable. Here in the US 10 kt gold is used in school rings otherwise it''s 14 or 18. In Europe 9 kt is used for some things.

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My husband''s college ring is 10 kt. gold. He''s had it for years and it still looks fine today without any special care. I would imagine 9 kt. would be fine too although the color will look a little different than your 18 kt. stuff.
 

D2B

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Thanks, I suppose I was worried if it would tarnish, or look ''bad''after a few years. I am just not used to 9 k gold and the jewellery shop cant make it for me in 18 k as it isnt one of his own pieces.
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9 carat gold is 37.5% actual gold, (o 375 parts out of 1000) whereas 18 carat is 750%, so it''s purely the gold content that differs, not the durability of the colour. I have quite a few 9 carat pieces, bracelets, necklaces and gold dome rings and such, and they look as good as when I bought them, just not as ''yellow'' as higher carat gold. I wear 9 carat earrings everyday.
 

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Date: 2/25/2007 4:44:37 AM
Author: D2B
Thanks, I suppose I was worried if it would tarnish, or look ''bad''after a few years. I am just not used to 9 k gold and the jewellery shop cant make it for me in 18 k as it isnt one of his own pieces.
D2B
just need to get one of those sunshine cloths and give it a polish now and then. yellow gold looks nice when freshly polished.
 

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Because it is more composed of alloy than higher ktw gold, it is actually harder than the higher ktw gold and fairly sturdy. I have not had any of my 10kt gold pieces tarnish.
 

bujiatang

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9k is similar to gold teeth. low karat white gold will tarnish becasue of the high silver content, yellow should be fine and will wear like iron.
 
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