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Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with other metals. Karatage, denoted by a number followed by "k" indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewelry is gold.24 karat = 100% gold Too soft for fine jewelry22 karat = 91.7% gold Too soft for fine jewelry18 karat = 75.0% gold Ideal for fine jewelry14 karat = 58.3% gold Ideal for fine jewelry10 karat = 41.7% gold Not acceptable for jewelry