Gold and the Karat Sys­tem

THISDAY Style - - STYLE & DESIGN - By Koby The Jeweller

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.


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.

Karat (Kt)

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.

22 karat

12 karat

9 karat

14 karat

18 karat

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