While all Ecksand metals are 100% sustainable, choosing one or the other depends entirely on personal preference.
Since pure gold is very soft, almost all gold jewelry is made from an alloy that combines pure gold with other metals like nickel, silver, copper, zinc, and palladium. This combination depends on the gold colour desired. The purity of gold is measured using the karat system, expressed in parts out of 24, in which 24K gold is comprised of 100% pure gold.
18K gold consists of 18 parts pure gold, mixed with 6 parts other metals. Thanks to this combination, 18K gold is slightly more hypoallergenic than 14K with a higher purity level of 75% pure gold, giving it a vibrant, rich colour that can be especially noticed in yellow gold jewels.
14K gold is made up of 14 parts pure gold, mixed with 10 parts other metals. Due to its composition, this gold karat is slightly more durable and affordable than 18K gold. If you prefer gold over platinum, and you work with your hands or have an active lifestyle, then 14K gold is the one for you!
Notorious for its durability and hypoallergenic features, platinum jewelry is over 90% pure platinum and is only mixed with other similar metals known as the platinum group metals. This precious metal is a popular choice for bridal jewelry as it requires very little upkeep, however, it is only available in one colour; white.