What You Need to Know About 9-Carat Gold Chains

If you're looking for real gold without breaking the bank, 9-carat gold chains are just what you’re looking for. Whether you want a plain chain or a necklace to hold your favourite pendant, there are lots of gold chains to do the job. You’ll find a fabulous assortment of 9-carat gold chains and other great jewellery on eBay.

What is 9-carat gold?

In its purest form, gold is very soft and malleable, which means that it’s easily bent. When it’s used in jewellery, gold is usually blended with other metals so that your chains, bracelets, earrings, and rings will keep their shape. Typically, 9-carat gold is an alloy containing 37.5% pure gold, 42.5% copper, and 20% silver. The term “carat” specifically refers to the proportion of pure gold in a piece of jewellery. A 9-carat gold chain is 9/24 pure gold, hence the name.

What colour variations can you find in 9ct gold chains?

9-carat gold chains contain the same types of colour variations you’ll find in other gold jewellery. 9-carat rose gold is manufactured with 37.5% gold, 20% silver, and 42.5% copper; these alloys give the metal a pinkish tone. 9-carat white gold consists of 37.5 % gold and 62.5% silver. 9-carat white gold is often plated with a very fine layer of rhodium to help protect its colour.

What are the advantages of buying 9ct gold chains?

There are many reasons to opt for 9-carat gold:

  • Affordability - 9-carat gold is very reasonably priced. If you love jewellery but are budget-conscious, you’ll be amazed by the number of beautiful 9-carat pieces your will be able to find on eBay.
  • Durability - With proper care, 9-carat gold chains can last. They won’t get dented or damaged by everyday use because the other metals added to the alloy help make this gold strong.
  • Repairs - If a link or a clasp on your chain breaks, repairs will be easy and you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg on them.
  • Versatility - 9-carat gold chains can be used with a number of pendants, embedded with stones, or crafted in a number of different patterns, lengths, and styles.
  • Identification - The Hallmarking Act 1973 stipulates that all gold jewellery sold in the U.K. must be hallmarked to certify its purity. If you are buying a new 9ct gold chain, you should see its official carat designation somewhere on the piece.