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The Difference Between 9k & 14k Gold

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The Difference Between 9k & 14k Gold

Here at Lucy & Mui, our classic gold heirlooms form the base of all that we craft and send out into the world (30 countries and counting). Whether yellow, white, or rose gold, we design, shape, and package these pieces to last for generations.

Until now, all of our jewelry has been 14-karat gold. All gold jewelry is made from an alloy, a blend of precious metals, because pure gold is too soft to stand against the test of time. Our 14-karat gold pieces are created by mixing 100% gold with metals such as silver, copper, and zinc. The specific combinations give us the beautiful array of gold tones seen in our collections.

Lucy and Mui (Petite Sapphire Baguette Diamond Ring)

Now we are thrilled to add another gold to the family: 9-karat gold.

How are 9k and 14k gold different?
The only difference between these two gold metals is the percentage of pure gold within the mix of precious metals. Nine-karat gold contains nine parts of pure gold per 24 parts, while 14-karat gold contains 14 parts of pure gold per 24 parts.

How does the price point differ?
Because 14k gold contains a higher percentage of pure gold, the 14k gold jewelry pieces do cost a little more. For couples looking for precious metal to fit a smaller budget, 9k gold is the perfect solution.

How does durability vary?
Because pure gold is soft, 9k gold is slightly more durable and harder than 14k gold. Jewelry made from 9k gold is a wonderful option for everyday wear or for those who work with their hands.

Does 9k gold look different than 14k gold?
Yellow gold gets its rich color from its gold content. Thus, 9k gold often has a slightly paler hue, while 14k gold emits a rich golden light.

Lucy and Mui (Mod Baguette Diamond Ring)

Whether you ultimately choose a 9k or 14k gold piece, our promise is to create a beautiful heirloom that will last for generations. Though gemstones often take the spotlight in our discussions about jewelry, we build those one-of-a-kind art pieces on foundations of pure gold.

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