14ct gold is made up of 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% other metals. It is more pure than 9ctgold, but not as pure as 18ct gold.

18ct gold is made up of 75% pure gold and 25% other metals. It is the most pure form of gold used in jewellery making, and is considered to be of higher quality than 9ct and 14ct gold.

It's important to note that the purity of gold is measured in karats, with 24K being pure gold, and the rest being alloyed with other metals. So, 18K gold is 18/24 or 75% pure gold.

In addition, 18ct gold is softer and more malleable than 9ct or 14ct gold, making it more suitable for intricate designs and detailed work. However, it may not be as durable as the lower carat gold and may be more prone to scratches and dents.

Should I Choose 9ct, 14ct or 18ct When Designing My Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands?

The decision of whether to choose 9ct, 14ct, or 18ct gold for an engagement ring ultimately depends on your personal preferences and budget.

9ct gold is less expensive than 14ct or 18ct gold, making it a good option for those on a budget. However, it is also less pure and may not have the same level of quality as higher carat gold.

14ct gold is a good middle ground, offering a balance of affordability and purity. It is less expensive than 18ct gold, but still has a higher gold content than 9ct gold.

18ct gold is the most pure and is considered to be of higher quality than 9ct or 14ct gold. It is also the most expensive option, and is often used in high-end jewellery. Whatever your choice for your engagement ring, it is important that your wedding band is made with the same carat gold so when they are side by side one doesn't scratch the other. For example, a 9ct gold wedding band next to an 18ct gold engagement ring will leave the engagement ring with scratches and dents due to the brittleness of the wedding band against your soft and malleable engagement ring.  

Ultimately, the choice between 9ct, 14ct, and 18ct gold for an engagement ring will depend on your personal preferences, budget and the level of durability you require. It is important to consider these factors and consult with our team at Morgan & Co to help you make the best choice for your engagement ring. Whatever your choice, the team at Morgan & Co will educate you so you make an informed decision. For more information, get in touch with the Sunshine Coast based team at Morgan & Co and make your free, no obligation consultation.  

January 25, 2023 — Morgan Gaskin