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18 karat gold is among the most beautiful and popular of metal choices for engagement rings and wedding rings today. 18kt gold is composed of 75% gold— 18 parts gold and 6 parts of an additional metal or combination of metals such as copper, zinc, cobalt, nickel, silver, or palladium.

As a result of its high gold content, 18kt yellow gold has a deeper, more yellow/golden appearance than 14kt yellow gold. 18kt yellow gold has the much-desired richness of 24kt gold, balanced with durability of harder golds.

18kt white gold is an extremely popular, affordable alternative to platinum that gets its white appearance from the metals it is alloyed with and its rhodium plating.

Because of its high gold content, 18kt gold rarely, if ever, causes skin irritation and is more suitable to people with metals allergies than 14kt gold. Like 14kt gold, 18kt gold may need to be re-plated over time, depending on wear, but generally at a much lower frequency than 14kt gold. And in the case of 18kt white gold, the rhodium plating created a highly resistant skin on the jewelry.

18kt gold is a timeless choice. When it comes to overall beauty, durability, affordability, and comfort, 18kt gold is the vanguard of engagement ring metals.

Caring For 18kt Gold Jewelry

Even though gold is resilient, there are important measures you can take to keep you jewelry looking as good as new. To keep gold shiny and scratch-free, store it in a soft cloth bag or fabric-lined jewelry box. Gold should be cleaned with mild soap and warm water, using a non-metallic, soft brush (like a toothbrush). To retain gold’s luster, make sure to keep it away from harmful and corrosive chemicals such as bleach, ammonia and chlorine. And always use a soft, lint-free cloth—never paper towels—to dry the jewelry.

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