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Jewelry Glossary

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KARAT:

Used to define the amount of pure gold found in a jewelry item. 24 karat (24K) gold is pure gold. 18 karat (18K) gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts another metal or metals. (75% gold) 14 karat (14K) gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts another metal or metals. (58.3% gold) 10 karat (10K) gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts another metal or metals. (41.7% gold) 10K gold is the minimum karat designation that can still be called gold by U.S. standards


See also: Gold  Carat 


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