What’s the Difference Between 10, 14, and 18 Karat Gold?

On your quest in finding the perfect gold jewelry you have probably run into 10K, 14K, and 18K options. Trying to figure which gold is best to buy requires quite a few factors to be taken into account. By the end of this post you should have a pretty good sense of what gold will fit your needs the best!

What does a “K” mean?

It is foremost important to know the meaning behind “K” in all the different options. The “K” is a representation of karat, a measurement of gold purity. The numbers (10, 14, 18) represent different percentages of gold composition.

Gold Jewelry

What a Softie: 24 Karats

The purest gold is 24 karats. Although this is true, gold can never be 100% pure due to impurities. 24 karat gold is not typically sold due to its tendency to bend and scratch easily. It would not be practical or ideal to wear this ring, as the soft metal would show wear and tear within a few days of showing it off!

Mix of Metals

Different metal alloys are added to gold jewelry allowing it to be resilient and more durable. Silver, palladium, platinum, and nickel are some of the metals that can be added to the gold in order to improve this durability.

10, 14, 18K Rings

18K Gold

Working down the line, 18K consists of 75% gold. The reason you do not see 18K gold being sold often is because it too easily scratches and reveals deformations within jewelry. When comparing it to 14K, it is difficult to see the difference. When deciphering the differences amongst the various types of gold, there are common stamps marked somewhere on the jewelry to assist in the process. The number 750 can be found marked on 18K which means 18/24 of the composition is actual gold. Therefore, 18K gold is .750 fine, 75.0% being gold, so 750 parts out of a 1000 are pure gold.

Miss Popular: 14K Gold

90% of all engagement rings and wedding bands sold in the United States are 14K. The reason for this is that 14K comprises of 58.5% solid gold, a perfect amount of gold and alternative metals that allow for durability and a withholding look. It consists of 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals, primarily silver and copper. 14K gold is marked with 585, because it is 58.5% gold, so 585 parts out of a 1000 are pure gold. In regards to look, price, and durability, 14K is often seen as the best choice.

10K Gold

10K is also a great choice for those who still want the durability but don’t have the funds for 14K. 10K actually contains more alloy than gold. It is comprised of only 41.7% gold and 58.3% alloy. 10K is marked with a stamp reading 416.
10K gold consists of 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metals including silver, zinc, nickel, or copper. Although 10K gold will tarnish faster than 14K, it is more durable.

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All About YOU

At the end of the day, it’s all about finding what fit is best for you. Stop in at Tenenbaum’s Jewelry, and we’ll help you find it!

Top 4 Money Clips – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Because He’s Always Been There…

He was there to scoop you up after your first fall. He showed you how to throw a ball, how to do your best, how to be kind with your words and actions. He was there to pay for that double scoop ice cream cone after your first loss of the season. He was there to wipe away those fallen tears after a bad day. And now it’s time to say thank you.

At times it may feel like you’ll never be able to repay your dad for all that he’s done for you. Give him the recognition he deserves by the small gestures you give on Father’s Day. A small gift he’ll actually use and enjoy gives your appreciation for what he’s done.

If you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift he’ll actually use, go for a money clip. Money clips come in different designs/functions to meet differing lifestyles. You’ll also find money clips in differing price points, helping you stay where you would like to spend!

Types of Money Clips

Tightwad Money Clip

1. Tightwad Money Clip

Tightwad has never sounded more endearing! Characteristics that make this #1 on our list is how ridiculously light weight and durable the money clip is. Enjoy styles starting at $34.95 for stainless steel and ultra-light carbon fiber at $87.95.

Lever Money Clip

2. Lever Money Clip

If you’re searching for something durable, sturdy and hassle-free, look no further than this style of money clip. It’s a favorite of owners Tom and Ryan. Easily slip cards and money in and out of this holder by shifting the ends upwards and pinching to hold the clip open (it sounds more complicated explaining how to open than it really is, trust us). Prices range from $69.95-$154.00.

Tension Money Clip

3. Tension Money Clip

Sometimes simplicity is key. The tension style money clip is as simple as they come. The tension of the two ends secure cards and money into their place. Prices start at $21.95.

Hinge Money Clip

4. Hinged Money Clip

Overtime, money clips that rely on tension may lose their tautness; this is where the hinged money clip comes into play. It’s a great alterative especially for a dad who’s carrying around a thicker stack of items in his wallet. Prices start at $34.95.

Happy Father’s Day!

So take Dad out for a double scoop ice cream cone this Father’s Day. He’ll probably love his gift so much he’ll want to pay for the ice cream just to show off his new money clip! And to all the dads out there, thank you. Tenenbaum’s Jewelry wishes you the best this Father’s Day.

Proposal Tips

Ready to tie the knot with that special someone but you aren’t sure which way to tie it up? No need to worry, follow any or all of these simple tips to create a perfect proposal no matter the side of the romantic spectrum you fall. She wants to feel special, you want to make it memorable, and you want the story to be told by many. So how do you do it?


Location, Location, Location

Try to ask her in a place that is sentimental. Whether it’s where you first laid eyes on her, went on your first date, or said “I love you” for the first time. Showing her sentimentality and remembrance will remind her how much she means to you.


Photos of the Proposal

Another tip for you fellas: hire a photographer! Whether it’s a professional or Uncle Fred, make sure you have someone to capture the moment so you can look back on it in years to come. Candid photos will capture the enjoyment, surprise, and love felt in the moment.


Including Family and Friends

If you have a good relationship with the soon-to-be in-laws (hopefully you do), include them in the excitement! Designate an area hidden from the proposal location so they can watch the big moment unfold from their own secret spot. Or you can include them in the action!

She Said Yes

Final Thoughts

No matter what you do and how you propose, as long as you stay true to yourself it will turn out perfect! You already know she loves you, so do something that feels natural!

4 Top Trends for Mother’s Jewelry – Mother’s Day 2016

Simplicity is key when it comes to mother’s jewelry this year. Clean cut lines and minimal detail is in for 2016. Checkout some of our picks for trending styles in mother’s rings and pendants.

1. Personalized Bands

Simplicity with a minimal design are the two distinguishing factors for this look. This trend offers flexibility, so feel free to mix and match different metal colors (yellow, rose, and white gold). Plus, plain bands offer low maintenance and care–perfect for an on the go mom!

Mother's Personalized Bands

2. Mixed Stackable Rings

The more mixing and matching with this style the better! We love the unique look when it comes to this trend. Stackable rings create a different, more modern look from traditional mother’s rings.
Added Bonus: stackable rings are ideal for young, growing families–simply add on as your family grows!

Mother's Mixed Stackable Rings

3. Bar Necklaces

Clean, geometrical lines are in for fashion jewelry. Bar necklaces have gained popularity about a year ago and are still gaining traction. Our favorite feature of bar necklaces is the ability to layer with other necklaces.
Style Tip: while layering, mix metal colors for an effortless trendy look!

Mother's Bar Necklaces

4. Personalized Pendants

In case you haven’t caught on, simplicity is key for all of these trends. The same goes for personalized pendants. We’ve included some of our favorite styles below.

Mother's Personalized Pendants
We would love to help you customize your Mother’s Day gift this year. If you’re interested in placing an order for mother’s jewelry, please allow us time to personalize your item to perfection. Some styles we can receive within a few days, while others may take a couple weeks.

If you’re looking for more Mother’s Day ideas, check out other styles we have in mother’s rings and mother’s pendents. We have more styles available in store-pay us a visit for a complete selection!

TRENDING: How to Stack Watches and Bracelets

“You make the rules when it comes to this trend”

Functionality couldn’t look any more stylish! This spring, try the layered look by pairing watches with your favorite bracelets. This effortlessly gives you a versatile and chic look. The best part about this trend is you can mix, match, and stack as you please! You can mix different color metals, textures, bands and more. Feel free to start simple by adding one bracelet and build as you please! You make the rules when it comes to this trend. Checkout out the styles we put together with our new Obaku watch line.

Our Favorite Layering Looks

Pearls and Gold
Pearls and Gold

Get this classic look by mixing textures like a pearl bracelet, gold bangle, and cream leather band. We love how perfectly the cream and gold complement each other.

Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink

If you’re obsessing over rose gold as much as we are, then this is the look for you. To get this look we paired up the minimalist watch with a rose gold bangle and a rose and white gold diamond bracelet.

Brorrowed from the Boys
Borrowed from the Boys

Love the borrowed from the boys look? Well, you can actually borrow from the boys with this rose and black watch. To get a relaxed and chill look we paired this watch with our favorite stacking bangles from our Angelica Collection line. These bracelets are comparable to the Alex and Ani line.

White Diamonds
White Diamonds

There’s truly nothing more classic than diamonds. Instantly dress up your watch by pairing it with a diamond bracelet.

Totally Two Toned
Totally Two-Toned

The days of wearing a single color of metal are in the past. Be daring and mix it up! If you have yellow gold jewelry packed away in your jewelry box, we urge you to mix things up with some newer white gold pieces. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised and happy to wear your yellow gold jewelry again.

Obaku Design

You might be thinking the Obaku watches look awfully similar to the Skagen watches we used to carry. You’re not too far off thinking that. Obaku watches have a similar Danish design focusing on simplicity and minimalism. The phrase “less is more” definitely applies to these watches as their simple details make a completely chic look. Some also prefer these watches over other styles with their very sleek and slim design.

Like what you see? We can order any styles for you to take a look at. Check out the watches first hand by visiting Obaku’s website.