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Jewelry Terminology 101

I get asked all the time about the difference between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. It can be confusing, so I hope this will help make it all a little more clear!  Petite Cubist White Topaz Necklace in 14k yellow, white and rose gold.   Gold Jewelry Pure gold is 24 karats but since pure gold is very soft, jewelers add other metals to increase durability. The different numbers of karat refer to the levels of pure gold that are included in the mix of metals. 18K Gold and 14K Gold 18K gold means that 18 parts out of 24 are pure gold and 7 parts out 24 parts are other materials, it is 75% pure gold. 14K Gold is 58.3% pure gold (14...

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