Guide To Gold Purity: Is 999 Gold Or 916 Gold Better?

12/05/2021

When shopping for gold jewellery, have you ever wondered what does the numbers and letters stand for? Knowing how to tell the different types of gold on the market can help you to make better decisions when purchasing a gold jewellery piece.

So, how can you tell how pure that gold really is? And which one is better – 999 Gold or 916 Gold? Below, you will find our guide to help you understand more about gold purity, karats and more.

Karats – how gold is measured

Not all gold is the same. In its pure state, gold is highly malleable. That’s why it’s common for other metals to be added to increase its durability and strength, and in some cases, to enhance the colour. Rose gold, for example, is made up of gold and copper.

As such, karat (or “k” for short) is the term used to measure the ratio of gold to other metals and alloys. In the simplest form, the higher the karat number, the greater the gold content

since it has monetary value that can also be passed down as an heirloom.

Different gold purity levels

Gold bangles, bracelets, rings and other types of gold jewellery usually come in a variety of different purity levels. The most common ones are 14K, 18K and 24K – and 24K is the purest form of gold you can buy.

There is also a term called ‘Millesimal Fineness’ which shows the purity of gold by parts per thousand or the percentage of gold, instead of karats. This is why it’s common to see names like 999 Gold or 916 Gold, indicating that the gold is 99.9% pure or 91.6% pure respectively.

999 Gold vs 916 Gold

999 Gold refers to the purest form of gold (24K), with a gold content of 99.9% that is not mixed with any other metal. As such, it is extremely soft, which means it is more likely to bend and warp easily. It is also the most expensive, which makes it the best type to do a gold jewellery trade in for cash.

And because gold is the traditional symbol for wealth and abundance, most couples prefer using 999 Gold for their

999 Gold

Gerbera Daisy 999 Pure Gold Pendant

Sweet and dainty, the Gerbera Daisy pendant inspires a fresh, youthful and optimistic attitude just like the flower itself. Crafted from 999 Pure Gold, it comes with a complimentary 10K gold chain for you to style with your outfit effortlessly.

Gold Bar 999 Pure Gold Pendant

Convey your sincerest blessings and best wishes with this auspicious pendant! A hot favourite amongst many, this pendant is designed in the shape of a gold bar that represents wealth and prosperity!

Marigold Dance Lover 999 Pure Gold Ring

As part of the 999 Marigold stacker rings collection, this piece offers versatility and endless ways for you to style it with. Wear it on its own or match it with other rings to spice up your look in gold!

The next best gold rating, 916 Gold refers to 22K or 91.6% gold purity. This is the most common purity for many gold jewellery pieces in stores since it is less malleable than 999 gold, making it more suitable for intricate jewellery designs. Because it is mixed with other metals, it can be used to produce colours like rose gold and white gold.

916 Gold jewellery also offers a rich, yellow appearance that is flattering for the skin. It is often the more popular material for engagement rings since it is more durable, especially if you are concerned about scruffs and scratches.

916 Gold

SK 916 Double Clover Gold Ring

Carry luck whenever you go and radiate in gold with this 916 Gold ring from the SK 916 Gold Collection! With an adjustable ring size, it features the lucky four-leaf clover design that you can wear anywhere for work or play.

SK 916 Classic Abacus Gold Pendant

If you love your jewellery with a little more meaning, this gold pendant will definitely fit the bill! Featuring the abacus design, it is also crafted with gold beads and rods that are bound to bring abundance of wealth and success to your life.

SK 916 It’s a Girl Gold Earrings

Congrats, it’s a girl! This simple yet classic earring stud design makes for a suitable gift for baby showers, first birthdays or even to the new mum. They are also great for making a subtle yet bold statement on celebrating femininity!

Conclusion

When it comes to picking one over the other, there is no ‘best’ type of gold for everyone. It’s more important to shop with your budget in mind and other factors such as skin sensitivity, aesthetic taste and activity level. As they both have pros and cons, it will ultimately depend on your personal preference.

At SK Jewellery, we offer a range of 999 Pure Gold and 916 Gold jewellery collection, featuring classic and contemporary designs to take you through any occasion. Browse for our jewellery online or book an appointment to visit our physical showrooms and explore the best gold pieces for you!