18K vs 14K


Italian 18K Gold in Florence ItalyIn this case all that glitters is gold – a beautiful rich 18K Italian Gold! The Ponte Vecchio, a hallmark image of Florence Italy,   has spanned the Arno since 1345, making it the oldest bridge in Florence – the only one to survive from the Middle Ages.  In 1593, Archduke Ferdinand I decreed that only gold and silversmiths were allowed to ply their wares on the bridge.  And even today 18K gold, gems and jewellery are still the only thing you can.

Florence has a long tradition of gold, going way back to the Etruscan times and have long been known for their creativity and artistic ability while molding, carving and chiseling this precious metal into deluxe tidbits.  18k gold is the European standard and though 14K was very popular in America the  rich sheen and deep golden color, as well as its easy workability for jewelers are casting their eyes this way.

While higher karat does indicate the purity of a gold ring, it is very important to consider the fact that as a soft metal, high-purity gold may not be the best choice for everyone. If you work with your hands frequently, or are often exposed to chemicals or abrasives that could damage high-content gold bands, a lower karat and thus a lower cost ring might actually be a better choice for you.  However if you are looking for a prime example of Florentine gold craftsmanship then you would go no further than this lovely hand carved ring with grape leaves  in white, yellow or pink 18K gold made in a style reminiscent of the famous Bucellati.  Mario Buccellati derived inspiration from the superb craftsmanship of the celebrated 16th century goldsmith and sculptor Benevenuto Cellini. He adopted and modified Cellini’s jewelry technique of “texture engraving” with a bullino, a steel tool similar to a chisel which has been employed by craftsmen since the Renaissance to achieve varying effects on the surface of the metal.

18K Italian gold Jewelry from Florence, Italy at Pierotucci.com

Yellow gold rings made from 14k gold are less pure and therefore not as rich in hue as 18k yellow gold.  In fact when you look at this ring up close, you can truly appreciate the beauty of the metal.  However the white gold, is always made from high-quality 18k gold, which is normally over 50% pure. This means that natural white gold still has a slight yellow tint to it, but that doesn’t take away from the glitter in these rings. Rose gold is a popular alternative to white and yellow gold and has a high percentage of copper in it, giving it a warm, reddish hue.  This particular cut on the rings, depicting leaves and swirls brings out the pinkish tint to this 18K gold ring.

Pierotucci 18K gold ring from Flroence Italy

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About Pierotucci

Since 1972 Pierotucci has been designing and producing classic Italian Leather goods for men & women, including leather bags, leather handbags and purses, leather jackets and leather accessories such as wallets, gloves, belts and much more.
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2 Responses to 18K vs 14K

  1. Love reading your information on gold and silver. It should continue to rise in the coming years. Keep up the great work guys!

  2. Nice work! I always have this question when I was shopping for Jeweleries.. The sales told me the specs and I would forget about it as I walk out the store.

    Joanna
    http://www.busygirlsfashion.com

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