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Quality of 10K gold?

Started 1315762841.04 in Jewelry Talk | Last reply 1315966805.937 by lovepink

Does anyone know the quality of 10K gold? Does it tarnish or pit, or is it just as good as 14K? I have been buying 10K recently because it is more afordable. But not sure if it will hold up as well as 14K. I thought some years ago they used to make mens jewelry in 10K because it was stronger. But these days who knows?

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Shelbelle1315763110.4634719 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I own many rings set in 10k, all have held up beautifully, and look exactly like 14K to me.

blueroses471315763403.2032148 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005Central NJ

I have several pieces of 10K gold. I bought them years ago when I first discovered HSN. I don't watch HSN now very often so I don't know if they still do, but back then they sold a lot of 10K.

I never minded it, because I felt most of the items looked like 14K. In fact, I liked that the gold had a paler yellow tone, I just preferred it. I also figured it would take more abuse.

PinkyPetun­ia1315764085.594554 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004NJ

I don't buy 10K. I had a 10K ring I got years ago and it became tarnished and brassy looking, so that put me off the 10K. It doesn't look the same as 14kt and I can tell the difference.

esmeraldag­ooch1315765275.3912163 PostsRegistered 1/7/2008Adopt a Rescue Pet, who rescues who?

The 10K should hold up as long as the setting is well built. I have many from HSN purchased in the early 1990's that needed NO repair and look the same color as my 14K.

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Fluffy-21315765931.53339 PostsRegistered 8/3/2011+ 4464 Posts since Aug. 2009
On 9/11/2011 PinkyPetunia said:

I don't buy 10K. I had a 10K ring I got years ago and it became tarnished and brassy looking, so that put me off the 10K. It doesn't look the same as 14kt and I can tell the difference.

Looks too pale IMO , but I am very picky when it comes to color of gold. Even some 14k is not yellow enough for me.

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Kathleen1315766052.5413131 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down

I don't care for it at all. But - if you need something sturdy - 10K is the way to go.

Fluffy-21315766076.813339 PostsRegistered 8/3/2011+ 4464 Posts since Aug. 2009

10k is only 40% gold and the rest is alloy of the different metals.

Clover291315766225.88710636 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

9K is the standard in Britain, it's what I grew up with and it doesn't bother me at all that it's not as "gold" as 14K. I can't tell the difference in color either. I've never had any piece of gold jewelry tarnish or pit. It all gets scratched, that's just normal wear and tear, whatever the carat quality.

nakattack1315769217.903435 PostsRegistered 2/3/2009

I have a 14k bracelet that I never wear, and it has tarnished on the inside. I also have one 10k pendant that looks great so far, but it's only been a couple of years, so I don't know how well it will do. A cloth will take care of tarnish anyway though, so if you like it why not go for it. It probably is more durable.

lovepink1315772321.181099 PostsRegistered 8/15/2006

I LIKE 10K gold in rings. It is harder and holds up, at least for me and I have had some pieces 20 years. No tarnish, no pitting, no problems. I can't tell the difference between 10K and 14K either and for sure 10K is better (at least to me) then SS since that tarnishes and scratches more.

abbeythe8th1315774417.9234139 PostsRegistered 9/2/2007

I had a few pieces of 10K I purchased from HSN years ago. When I was going through jewelry I wanted to sell, the necklaces looked dull and tarnished compared to the 14K and 18K. The rings were not. All of it did pass the test at USGB.

depglass1315776495.2124094 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I started my gold buying with HSN and 10K. That's the only shopping channel I got in the early 90's, on a CBS station in the middle of the night. That 10K stuff has held up as well as 14K.

jaguarette1315778196.4631631 PostsRegistered 10/19/2007

Because it has a higher percentage of alloys, 10k is actually more durable than 14k or 18k. Pure gold is relatively soft for a metal, that's why it's alloyed for jewelery purposes to begin with. As for tarnishing, I've had 18k pieces tarnish, really just depends on what kinds of alloys are used. I think it just comes down to personal preference. I really like 14k, maybe because I'm most used to it. My mother grew up in Europe and only likes 18k. Just be sure to take the karat into account when you decide how much you're willing to pay for it, of course...

madcity4111315779028.7974667 PostsRegistered 8/11/2007
On 9/11/2011 jaguarette said:

Because it has a higher percentage of alloys, 10k is actually more durable than 14k or 18k. Pure gold is relatively soft for a metal, that's why it's alloyed for jewelery purposes to begin with. As for tarnishing, I've had 18k pieces tarnish, really just depends on what kinds of alloys are used. I think it just comes down to personal preference. I really like 14k, maybe because I'm most used to it. My mother grew up in Europe and only likes 18k. Just be sure to take the karat into account when you decide how much you're willing to pay for it, of course...

10k gold is stronger, as it's mostly made up of alloyed metals. I prefer 18k myself, but have 24k as well. Asian cultures have used it for thousands of years, so I doubt they have a problem with it. If you try to sell 10k it for scrap jewelry, you are definitely not going to get much for it.

merlin961315780265.383178 PostsRegistered 10/24/2010

My personal experience with 10k white gold is that it tarnished; unlike with sterling silver, I could not polish it back to a shine. My 10k yellow gold pieces, of which I have maybe 2 or 3, have fared a bit better. My friend who is a metalsmith/jewelry maker explained to me that 10k gold is only as good as the alloys that it is made up of, and because it's usually difficult, if not impossible, to find out what those are, she usually stays away from it. The part that is not gold -- the alloy part -- can be a choice of several different things and depending on what they are determines how well it holds up and how easily it tarnishes. Although I personally don't care for it that much, I am seeing it more and more, not surprisingly with how much gold is selling for.

blahblahva­mpemerblah1315788330.0776192 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 9/11/2011 PinkyPetunia said:

I don't buy 10K. I had a 10K ring I got years ago and it became tarnished and brassy looking, so that put me off the 10K. It doesn't look the same as 14kt and I can tell the difference.

That can happen to 18K as well. It just depends on the alloys.

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blahblahva­mpemerblah1315788473.616192 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 9/11/2011 merlin96 said:

My personal experience with 10k white gold is that it tarnished; unlike with sterling silver, I could not polish it back to a shine.

Unless it has a delicate stone like an emerald, pearl or opal, a quick dunk in Tarn X will revive it in a heartbeat. I've done it with gold from 10K to Italian and Middle Eastern 18K, and it always comes back looking like new. Well, short of a good polishing because of the tiny scratches all jewelry will get with wear.

Yeah, FINALLY!!!!! Run Trey, run!

forrestwolf1315892683.6536025 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

I have 10K that I have been wearing for years, and it looks just like the day I received it.....I graduated in 1980, and still wear my class ring a lot, and it still looks like the day I got it. 10K is durable.........My everyday necklaces I wear to work are 3 different lengths, and they are 14K, 18K, and 22K......I have had several prisoners tell me my neck is going to turn soooo green, and I just tell them it will wash off......Prisoners do not necessarily need to know that what I am wearing is "real"........but as a nurse, 10K really has held up for me.....

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Kitty71315962080.227156 PostsRegistered 9/28/2007

I wonder why QVC doesn't sell any 10K gold? They sell silver plated with platinum & 18K over sterling, you would think that 10K gold would hold up better and is more affordable.

lovepink1315962627.2731099 PostsRegistered 8/15/2006

Kitty7 I have wondered that also. They sell SS and as you say gold plated over sterling and I think solid 10K gold is better then all of these.

moondust1315963768.261401 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008ga

Interesting responses! And I agree with most!

I am from 'Europe' and have 10k, 12k, 14k and 18k. My one 10k ring that I have had over 35 years from my Oma has held up absolutely Beautifully.

Of course 10k has 'less' gold, that would be a Given. I mostly buy 14k because it is what the 'Piece' that I am interested in comes in. I am more interested in the Item (the design) than I am in whether it is 14k 10k or 18k.

I also like the 'color' of 14k and sometimes 18k (at least to me) can come off as 'too yellow'.

10k is nice and 'strong'!!

I just enjoy Gold jewelry!!{#emotions_dlg.w00t}

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
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lvnglrg1315964653.13664 PostsRegistered 8/4/2011
On 9/11/2011 lovepink said:

I LIKE 10K gold in rings. It is harder and holds up, at least for me and I have had some pieces 20 years. No tarnish, no pitting, no problems. I can't tell the difference between 10K and 14K either and for sure 10K is better (at least to me) then SS since that tarnishes and scratches more.

Too bad you can't afford 18 k or platinum. And btw it's "than", not "then".

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lovepink1315965514.3771099 PostsRegistered 8/15/2006
On 9/13/2011 lvnglrg said:
On 9/11/2011 lovepink said:

I LIKE 10K gold in rings. It is harder and holds up, at least for me and I have had some pieces 20 years. No tarnish, no pitting, no problems. I can't tell the difference between 10K and 14K either and for sure 10K is better (at least to me) then SS since that tarnishes and scratches more.

Too bad you can't afford 18 k or platinum. And btw it's "than", not "then".

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Like anyone believes you!!! You are delusional.

lvnglrg1315966050.043664 PostsRegistered 8/4/2011
On 9/13/2011 lovepink said:
On 9/13/2011 lvnglrg said:
On 9/11/2011 lovepink said:

I LIKE 10K gold in rings. It is harder and holds up, at least for me and I have had some pieces 20 years. No tarnish, no pitting, no problems. I can't tell the difference between 10K and 14K either and for sure 10K is better (at least to me) then SS since that tarnishes and scratches more.

Too bad you can't afford 18 k or platinum. And btw it's "than", not "then".

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Like anyone believes you!!! You are delusional.

Don't care - right back at you, hon.

lovepink1315966805.871099 PostsRegistered 8/15/2006
On 9/13/2011 lvnglrg said:
On 9/13/2011 lovepink said:
On 9/13/2011 lvnglrg said:
On 9/11/2011 lovepink said:

I LIKE 10K gold in rings. It is harder and holds up, at least for me and I have had some pieces 20 years. No tarnish, no pitting, no problems. I can't tell the difference between 10K and 14K either and for sure 10K is better (at least to me) then SS since that tarnishes and scratches more.

Too bad you can't afford 18 k or platinum. And btw it's "than", not "then".

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Like anyone believes you!!! You are delusional.

Don't care - right back at you, hon.

Wow, your responses are getting lame. {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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