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Choosing the Right Karat Gold for Men's Gold Chains


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Choosing the right men's gold chains is easy when you take the quality of gold into account.

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Choosing the Right Karat Gold for Men's Gold Chains

  1. 1. Choosing the Right Karat Gold for Men's Gold Chains
  2. 2. FINDING THE RIGHT CHAIN Men's gold chains have become popular fashion items and are worn widely around the world. If you want a gold chain, you want one that's going to stand out and make you look good—but you also need it to be high quality, and you don't want to overspend. That means it's important to choose the right quality of gold for all chains, especially ones you're going to wear regularly.
  3. 3. GOLD QUALITY The quality of gold is measured in karats, abbreviated k. Karats refer to how pure the gold in your chain is. The higher the karat level, the more pure the gold is. All gold jewelry, not just men's gold chains, is measured this way.
  4. 4. GOLD QUALITY The reason for this system is that pure gold, although beautiful, is very soft. So the gold that's used for jewelry is mixed with a small amount of other metals to give it strength. Lower karat gold is harder but has less gold "color" to it. Higher karat gold has a stronger gold color but is slightly softer.
  5. 5. GOLD QUALITY The most common karat levels are 10k gold, 14k gold and 18k gold. If gold is completely pure and unmixed with other metals it's referred to as 24k gold, but this level of gold is not commonly used to make jewelry. So is buying a higher karat value "better"? It depends. Here is an overview of each grade:
  6. 6. 18 KARAT GOLD This grade contains 75% pure gold and is the most expensive grade commonly used in any jewelry. For years, this quality level has been the standard for jewelry in Europe, though not necessarily in the U.S. This gold has a bright, deep color to it that many people find more pleasing than that of other karat levels. But, bear in mind your 18k gold will also be somewhat softer. It will generally hold up fine to normal wear, and is worn throughout the world, but it will not take a beating as well as lower karat levels will.
  7. 7. 14 KARAT GOLD This grade contains 58.5% pure gold. It is probably the most popular grade of gold in the United States. Some people say that they can see the difference in color between 14k and 18k gold, and that it has a more "pale" yellow hue. Jewelry of this grade will hold up well to basic wear and tear.
  8. 8. 10 KARAT GOLD This level of gold has 41.7% pure gold. Because of the lower gold content, it costs substantially less than other grades of gold, however, it remains a stunning choice and is certainly a high-quality metal. Jewelry at this grade is harder and resists wear and tear better, but it will also tarnish more easily because of the other metals it contains.
  9. 9. COLORS For the most part, gold of any karat level can come in different "colors." All gold is naturally yellow, but can be made into white gold, red gold, etc. based on which metals are mixed into it. Each level of gold can be made into amazing men's gold chains. Which kind is right for you?