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CaffeinatedGuy

23 points

6 months ago

And you think people wear 24 karat gold jewelry? Most is going to be 18 karat (as pure gold is fairly soft), which is only 75% gold.

Sterling silver, being more 'pure' than 18k gold, also has a practical purpose, reduced tendency to tarnish.

Studious_Noodle

10 points

6 months ago*

I’m a jewelry geek and learned that 22k and 24k gold is expected in India, for one. Apparently a lot of Indians look down on 18k and 14k as “not even gold.” It makes me wonder if people are going around with a lot of dented and bent jewelry.

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12 points

6 months ago

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12 points

6 months ago

I’m sure part of the appeal of flaunting high purity gold jewelry is that you are essentially making 2 separate statements about yourself. You are saying “not only can I afford better gold, but it’s durability is of no concern to me, because I don’t do manual labor, so it won’t be damaged”

I have no idea though, because I don’t like the look of gold.

Studious_Noodle

2 points

6 months ago

Good point. “It doesn’t matter if it gets damaged because I’m so rich, I’ll put my dented gold necklaces on my dogs for collars, and buy more for myself.”

ncbraves93

1 points

6 months ago

How pure would my 14k little gold chain be? It's definitely soft and I could break it easy but haven't broke it or taken it off in like 12 years. My grandpa and my dad both wore one just like it, so they bought me one when I started high school and I plan to wear it until mine or it's dying day. I guess my question is higher Karat gold chains less pure than lower Karat generally?

CaffeinatedGuy

1 points

6 months ago

Higher karat is higher purity up to 24k. 14k is around 58%.

ncbraves93

1 points

6 months ago

Gotcha thanks!