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About 18K Gold

The price tag on 24k gold is a little too rich for your blood, but you do not want to invest in jewelry with only 10k because of the low gold content. That is when 18k gold is the perfect compromise. Although many jewelry sellers advertise 18k solid gold, it is very rare for a piece of jewelry to be made from pure solid gold. This is because gold is a malleable metal, and it needs to be tempered with another metal to make it strong enough to withstand daily wear. For example, 18k gold is often alloyed with silver, copper, and zinc, and if it is white 18k gold, it is typically alloyed with platinum. The higher the karats, the higher the gold to alloy ratio and the more valuable the piece. Hobbyist jewelers often like to purchase 18k scrap gold, which they can then fashion into necklaces, earrings, pendants, and rings, or they sometimes sell the scrap for its gold content. Sellers on eBay offer an extensive selection of 18K gold to choose from.