Gold is most often classified by a numerical value followed by ‘k’, for karat. Karatage is a value assigned to any mass of gold; this value depends on how many parts of pure gold are mixed with alloys to create 24 parts total. Vrai & Oro Essential pieces are made from 14k solid gold, while VOW (Vrai & Oro Wedding) pieces are made of 18k solid gold. Now, we want to examine the differences between the two.
Every Vrai & Oro Essential piece is made from 14k solid gold. The most popular carat in the US, 14k gold denotes that the material is 14 parts pure gold, 10 parts other alloys. These other alloys are most often silver and copper, added in different amounts to create a more or less yellow gold color. In our case, our yellow gold pieces are 58.3% pure gold, 30% silver, and 11.7% copper.
VOW, on the other hand, is crafted from 18k solid gold. This means that the ratio of pure gold to alloys is higher; 18 parts of pure gold to 6 parts other alloys. In most cases, 18k is 75% pure gold, 15% silver, and 10% copper. Because 18k pieces are majority pure gold, they tend to be a bit softer and darker in color.
Our materials matter; they’re one of the three reasons we do what we do—which is why we think it’s important to educate around them. For our Vrai & Oro essentials line, it was vital that we maintain a high standard of quality while keeping the price point attainable, which aided the decision to use 14k solid gold. For VOW, our wedding line, the decision to make everything in 18k followed industry standard—the highest quality solid gold on the market. High quality materials are at the forefront of our product and our brand. To read more education-forward posts, visit the ‘Education’ tag on our journal.