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Karat (Kt) - The measure of fineness of gold. 24Kt is pure gold, 14Kt gold is 14 parts pure gold. The balance is alloy. 14Kt is the standard fineness used for most jewelry in the USA. Our 14Kt has a rich yellow color and has hardness and durability suitable for lasting use. Our 18Kt gold has a darker color with a deeper yellow tone.
Karat Measure
Gold/Alloy Content
24Kt
100% pure gold
18Kt
75% pure gold - 750
14Kt
58% pure gold - 580
10Kt
42% pure gold - 420
9Kt
37.5% gold - 375

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Kevlar - A synthetic fiber used in bulletproof vests and adapted to jewelry-making for its high strength, especially in relation to its thickness. It is resilient to changes in heat.

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Kidney Earwire - A type of earwire which loops through the ear and has a small hook on the bottom to latch the wire closed for added security.

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Knapping - (the ''K'' is silent) The art of cleaving and shaping an object by chipping one stone against another hard object.

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