You're looking for the perfect engagement ring and narrowed the search down to gold. However, the next big hurdle is deciding which carat grade you want. In this blog we're exploring 9ct vs 18ct gold, including the pros and cons for each, to help you make the right choice.
9ct Vs 18ct Gold Engagement Rings - What's The Difference?
When we talk about gold, the carat refers to the purity of the gold. You'll often see this abbreviated as 'ct'.
9ct gold is the lowest grade you can buy for engagement rings, with less than 50% gold content, whereas 18ct gold guarantees 75% gold content. The leftover percentage of the gold rings is made up of base metals.
9 carat = 37.5% gold
18 carat = 75% gold
Which Carat of Gold Is Best?
You may think that because 18ct gold has a higher precious metal content that it is obviously better. However, there are a few things to bear in mind...
1. Firstly, gold is a relatively soft metal meaning the higher the gold content the more susceptible your jewellery will be to scratches. This is why you don't see 24ct engagement rings.
2. Another major consideration for the 9ct engagement ring is your budget and whether the quality and size of the stone is a more important consideration for you or your partner.
3. The pure gold content is not the only difference. Yellow gold for instance is brighter when there is more gold and paler when there is less. So if you're after a brighter shade of gold for your bride-to-be we recommend you buy an 18ct ring.
While 9ct and 18ct gold engagement rings are the most abundant and popular choices, there are also a couple of other options available.
14 carat = 58.5% gold
22 carat = 91.6% gold
So there you have our guide to 9ct Vs 18ct gold engagement rings - we hope our advice will help you make the right decision. If you want to know more about gold engagement rings, head over to our metal guide.
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