Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, so it is alloyed with a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel, and zinc to give it strength and durability. Karatage, denoted by a number followed by "k" indicates purity, or how much of the metal in a piece of jewelry is gold. Karatage is expressed in 24ths, making 24k gold, 100% gold.
We craft our jewelry using both 14k and 18k gold. 14k gold is composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% of other metals. 18k gold is composed of 75% gold, which is alloyed with other metals to make it strong enough for everyday wear.
The majority of Helen Ficalora pieces are made out of solid 14 karat gold.