Jewelry Myth 2: There is such thing as “pure” 14K gold or “pure” anything under 24K/999 gold


Have you seen one of these: “get these beautiful earrings made from pure 14K gold…” Oh my.


Well, the last time I consulted the dictionary, “pure” meant “free of extraneous elements of any kind”. Any gold below 24K (or 999) stamp contains other metals in it and therefore cannot be called pure. This is the chart of the gold and other metals content for each karat value. Don’t let anyone fool you with enticing terms – if it ain’t solid 24K, it ain’t pure. And by the way, jewelry made with pure gold is extremely rare and not necessarily the best option. Here is why.


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