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Pure gold refers to a metal that is 99.9% gold, with no other alloys. It can also be referred to as 24kt gold or 999 gold. We guide you through what pure gold is and what it looks like, how it compares to vermeil, and what it can be used for.

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What Karat is Pure Gold?

The highest possible karat of gold is 24kt. 24 karat gold means that no other metal is mixed in with the gold, and this is what pure gold is. Pure gold is soft compared to other metals, and so lower karats tend to be more durable than 24kt. Due to this, gold jewellery tends to not be made from pure gold alone as it's prone to wear.

Pure Gold vs Gold Vermeil

Pure gold could be used to create gold vermeil, however the most common karats used are 10kt, 14kt, or 18kt. For long-lasting jewellery that you can wear everyday, it's beneficial to opt for a metal that is not 100% gold as pure gold can become damaged with daily wear due to its softness. Gold vermeil s a technique used to create modern jewellery. It is when a thick layer of gold, such as 18kt gold, is applied to sterling silver. It's applied through the gold plating technique, but requires a thicker layer that must be above 2.5 microns.