I was exposed to jewelry from a very early age. When I was a toddler, I donned Saudi gold necklaces. As a grade schooler, I had sensitive skin, so I wore gold earring hoops. Whenever I ended up with honors at school, my dad would buy me a gold jewelry piece as a reward.
Like any person with basic knowledge of gold jewelry, I learned that the number of karats on a gold piece corresponded to its value. The higher number of karats, the more valuable it is, technically speaking. So it follows that 18k is more valuable than 14k; however, it is also softer and more prone to damage from everyday wear.
When I started buying my own gold pieces, I treated them as investments. I was attracted to the 18k gold pieces I saw behind the intimidating glass displays of jewelry stores. I also bought functional 14k pieces with the intention of wearing them everyday.
Then, a foray into gemstone jewelry changed my mind.
It started with dainty rings — inexpensive pieces which showcased the beauty of the gemstones they held. At first, I made these rings in silver. I didn’t have the budget to get them done in gold.
My now-husband got me a pink sapphire ring in silver plated with white gold, which lasted a good seven months. After that, however, I started to think about whether getting silver jewelry was still a good investment (especially as I wanted to keep my gemstone jewelry for a long time).
So I looked into getting my own jewelry done in solid gold.Continue reading Why I personally love 10K gold jewelry