Gold and the Karat System
Some days back, I heard of a woman who was making proud reference to her pure gold watch. she was actually bragging out of ignorance because a closer look at the watch revealed that it was electroplated.
at least I am grateful to her that her action informed me of the need to write this article and educate other folks about gold and the Karat system.
The most common type of jewellery worn by most people is the electroplated jewelry that fades off after some months of use. They are made of plastics or cheap metals like lead and coated with a thin layer of gold in a process known to jewellers as electrolysis.
GOLD IS FOREVER!
The simple and universal fact about any real gold jewellery is that it bears a stamp that indicates its Karat (Kt).
Karat refers to the percentage of pure gold that is present in a given jewelry item so any jewellery which is electroplated cannot be stamped.
gold in its raw state is 24Kt or 100% pure. however, on most occasions jewellery is made by alloying or mixing pure gold with other metals like silver and copper to give it some physical qualities like strength and ability to shine (luster).
The internationally accepted standard Karat for gold jewelry is captured in this table.
22Kt gold jewellery 18Kt gold jewellery 14Kt gold jewellery 12Kt gold jewellery 9Kt gold jewellery
% of Gold Present
92% gold 75% gold 58% gold 50% gold 37% gold
even though a 9Kt jewellery has the least quantity of gold and comes at a lower price, it still makes more economic and aesthetic sense than buying an electroplated jewellery. My dear reader, get smart, get gold today. at all cost, get gold.
In our next article, we will take a look at the benefits of purchasing or wearing a Karat gold jewellery.