Last updated: 18/08/2015 13:38:25
14ct gold rings
You probably already know that the carat (ct) is the unit used to denote the purity of gold alloys. The higher the number, the more pure the gold, i.e. the ‘gold’ alloy has more gold content and fewer other metals. In the USA, it’s spelt ‘karat’ (kt).
The formula used by the gold industry measures carat purity as 24 x the purity by mass. This means that 24ct gold should be 100% pure or fine gold (in fact, for complex technical reasons it’s 99.9% fine gold by mass). So 14ct gold is 14 parts gold, 10 parts other metal. In percentage terms, that’s 58.5% fine gold.
Gold is combined with other metals to alter the colour and the hardness of the finished product. You’re most likely thinking of selling your scrap gold jewellery, so let’s focus on that.
14ct gold is sometimes used for men’s rings, as the higher carats such as 22ct and 24ct, while more valuable, are considered too soft and less able to withstand prolonged wear. There’s actually a measurement for metal hardness called the Vickers scale, and 14ct gold is in the 100 – 165 HV scale, depending on the other metals used.
14ct gold is a popular purity in countries such as Greece and Italy. Customers should be aware that there is no official guarantee or hallmarking standard in these countries. In our experience, items marked as 14 carat (14k) from Greece are often of slightly lesser purity – around the 55% purity mark.
So, now you know what your 14ct gold is made of, what’s it worth?
Gold-Traders is currently paying £. (Check our current scrap gold prices here).
If you weigh your scrap 14ct gold, you can then use our online calculator on the right of the page, to get an accurate quote. Look at our page about how to weigh your scrap gold, but don’t worry if your own scales aren’t that accurate – we will use our calibrated and Trading Standards approved scales to determine the exact weight and make sure you get an exceptionally good price.
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