What is KY when referring to gold jewelry? As in 14 KY.?

I know 14 karat gold -14 K. But what is the Y for or does KY mean something all together different. The ring I am looking at is white gold so I don’t think it means yellow gold.

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I’ve never seen KY, but I have seen KT as in Karat.

    Gold Colors

    You know, today gold is not just yellow. It can be different colors: white, rose, green, and even blue or purple.

    White gold is very popular now. It can be 18-karat or 14-karat (but not 22-karat, it is yellow).There are two basic groups of white gold alloys: white gold with nickel and with palladium. Palladium costs more but it is better because some people have an allergy to nickel.

    The laws in Europe don’t allow nickel alloys to protect people with allergies, 18-karat white gold jewelry made in Europe is more likely to have palladium white gold.

    Much white gold jewelry is plated with rhodium.The Rhodium is a platinum group metal with a bright white color. The nickel alloys are grayer than the rhodium.

    l Purple Gold is referred to as amethyst or violet gold. The process to make purple gold is to alloy gold and aluminium in a certain fixed ratio. Gold content is around 79% and is therefore qualified to be referred to as 18K gold.

    Blue Gold is made as an intermetallic compound between indium and gold. The gold gets a bluish hue color.

    Black Gold is possible using quite a few techniques today. Electrodeposition using black rhodium or ruthenium is the first method. Amorphouse carbon is also used at times, with the Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition process. Controlled oxidation of carat gold containing chromium or cobalt can also be made to yield black gold. Ruthenium containing, electroplating solutions give a slightly harder black coating as compared to electroplating solutions that contain rhodium. The blacker the gold, the less wear resistant it would be


    Have you ever been confused by the terms white gold, green gold, and rose gold? All real gold is yellow, isn’t it, so how do other colors fit in—are they imitations? No, they are alloys, new metals that are created by combining two or more different metals.

    Colored gold alloys are just as “real” as their golden colored counterparts. Since pure gold is generally too soft to be used for jewelry, other metals are nearly always added to it, no matter which color is desired.

    Chances are the ring on your finger is marked 18K, 14K, or 10K to indicate how much pure gold is present in the mix. The K stands for karat, the system used to state how much pure gold is found in an item.

    24K gold is pure gold.

    18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of another metal(s), making it 75% gold.

    14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of another metal(s), making it 58.3% gold.

    12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of another metal(s), making it 50% gold.

    10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts another metal(s), making it 41.7% gold.

  • Cinnamon
    1 month ago

    KY means Karat-Yellow. If it’s for a white gold ring, it should not say Y anywhere.

    Also, the abbreviation for karat is K, not KT.

  • Answerkeeper
    1 month ago

    Karat- Yellow

    Verses Karat White gold etc…

  • Agent99
    1 month ago

    KT you mean KT.carat weight .thats funny hmmmlol

  • jizzumonkey
    1 month ago

    am guessing its not ky jelly they mean !!

  • rab
    1 month ago

    that’s a new one on me, never heard of it

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