9ct and 18ct gold earrings: Gold guide

9ct gold hoop earrings

Here at DEMI+CO our collection now includes fine jewellery with the likes of real gold, sterling silver, white gold and diamond pieces. As experts in precious metals and gems we have put together a guide specifically on gold carat and gold plating, plus we have included our most frequently asked questions of real gold hoop earrings and gold earrings too.


9 carat gold

Has 37.5% pure gold and has a warm yellow colour, it is more affordable compared to 14, 18 ,22 and 24 carat gold. It is actually one of the strongest of all the other types of gold as it has a mix of other metals making it more robust and resilient ideal for everyday jewellery and earrings.


14 carat gold

This type of gold contains 58.5% pure gold, it has a slightly stronger deeper yellow colour and is still an affordable option. 14 carat gold is still a strong and solid metal making it a good choice for jewellery and gold earrings.


18 carat gold

18 carat gold contains 75% gold, the other percent is made up of durable metals to add solidity and resilience. 18 carat gold is a much stronger and warmer gold in colour as it has a higher percentage of gold compared to 14 and 9 carat and that is also reflected in the price. 18 carat white gold is mixed with metals to give the 75% gold a whiter colour e.g. rhodium. Copper is added to the 75% gold to create rose gold.


22 carat gold

This entails around 91.6% gold and has a price tag to match, this type of gold is soft so care has to be taken in looking after and storing the items. This type of gold is not ideal for stone set jewellery, it is more suitable for wedding bands or simple gold earrings.


24 carat gold

The priciest and the purest form there is, consisting of 99.9% of gold it is very yellow and very soft and bendy. This type of gold is not used to make intricate or fine jewellery. It is used for more simpler shapes and gold earrings.


What is the difference between 9ct gold and 18ct yellow gold?

9ct yellow gold is the lowest that can be termed gold in the UK. 9ct gold is 37.5% pure gold, with other metals making up the other 62.5%. 18ct yellow gold is often used as a happy medium between the pleasant colour and status of 22ct, and the durability of 9ct.


Is 9ct worth buying?

Yes, 9ct gold is worth buying as gold always retains its value. Although 9ct is the lowest grading of gold, the fact that it is mixed with other metals means that it will stand the test of time.


Y/G Round Crystal Hoop

Elegant, timeless and beautiful these 9ct gold hoop earrings are classically designed and have a scattering of crystals all the way around the outside of the gold hoops. These crystal gold hoop earrings are the perfect treat or gift.

 9ct gold hoop earrings


Do hoop earrings look good on round faces?

Gold hoop earrings do look good on round faces. If you want to add more length and structure to your face go for more angular and longer line oval shaped hoops. Small gold hoops like c shaped hoop earrings also suit a round face.


Y/G Twisted Hoop Earrings

These gold hoop earrings are dainty and bold, these gold twist pattern hoops are unusual and striking. Great everyday hoops for any time or any occasion. Made with 9ct gold.

 small gold hoop earrings

Where can I buy large 9ct gold hoop earrings

You can buy large 9ct gold hoop earrings with us, we have over 200 gold hoop earrings in our collection as well as gold studs, white gold earrings, rose gold and sterling silver hoops and stud earrings too.


Y/G Triple Layer Ribbed & Plain Oval Hoop Earrings

If you want gold hoop earrings with a bit more drama than these are the ones for you, elegant oval gold hoops, well make that three two textured and one plain gold hoop intertwined in to one. These majestic gold hoop earrings are made with 9ct gold.


Should you take out earrings every night?

Gold hoop earrings or any hoop earrings should be taken off every night without fail. This is not only best to keep your hoop earrings in good condition, but it is for the safety of your ears. Keeping hoop earrings in your ears may cause skin irritations and breakage to the hoop earrings.


Y/G Frosted Tube Hoop Earrings

Super cute and beautiful these small gold hoop earrings are made with a tube shape with added stripes of textured detailing. These tiny gold hoop earrings make the perfect everyday hoop, made with 9ct gold.

 9ct gold hoops

Where can I buy 9ct gold hoop earrings?

We have over a 100 different types of gold hoop earrings, from small gold hoop earrings, medium gold hoops, simple gold hoops, large gold hoop earrings, textured gold hoops and twisted gold hoop earrings. The choice is endless!


Y/G Twisted Hoop Earrings

These medium gold hoop earrings have a chunky look to them but are super light to wear. With a ribbed texture all along these gold hoops gives them extra attention to detail.

 twisted gold hoop earrings

Do 9ct gold hoop earrings make good gifts?

Yes 9ct gold hoop earrings do make brilliant gifts, they are sturdy, beautiful, they will last and hold their value and they look amazing on too.


Y/G Oval Ribbed Hoop Earrings

Statement and bold are two words to describe these stunning oval gold hoop earrings. The shape and the extra ribbed texture adds extra detailing and intrigue to these chic gold hoop earrings. Made with 9ct gold.

 oval gold hoop earrings

Would 18ct gold earrings make a good birthday present for mum?

Yes, 18ct gold earrings would make an ideal birthday present, 18ct gold has a more yellow warmer tone, it has a higher percentage of gold and will last a lifetime and hold its value.  We have a wide range of 18ct gold earrings, 18ct white gold and 18ct with diamonds too.


Y/G Octagon Hoop Earrings

If you like a quirkier take on gold hoop earrings then look no further, these gold hoop earrings are in the shape of an octagon adding a bit of edge – literally to these hoops. This geometric take on medium gold hoops is certainly original, made with 9ct gold.

 9ct gold hoops

Can I sleep in hoops?

Ideally you should not sleep in hoop earrings. If you have recently had your ears pierced, then you can sleep in those studs but with any other earrings you should avoid wearing them overnight. The best thing to do to ensure your safety and the upkeep of your hoop earrings is to take them off before you go to sleep.


What are sleeper gold hoop earrings?

Sleeper gold hoop earrings are your first pair of earrings after a new piercing. Designed to be worn overnight as they give you a comfortable night's sleep while your ears heal. Sleep gold hoop earrings are usually very small and lightweight.


Y/G Twist Hoop

Small but perfectly formed, these unique gold hoop earrings have a high shine and an intricate twist pattern that adds extra texture and detail. Made with 9ct gold.

 gold twisted hoops

Can earring holes close up?

This depends on how long it has been since your ears were last pierced. If you it has been a week or two or earlier since your piercing it is best to keep earrings in regularly to keep the holes open. Earring holes usually stay open for at least a day or two once a few months have passed after the original piercing. The holes often stay open for a few weeks or longer if they have been there for several years of earring use.


Brief history of gold.

The known history of gold goes back a long way, according to the National Mining Association, around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt found gold and used it to make jewellery and idols for worship. Nubia made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade. Egypt created what was called the Shekel, a coin which weighed 11.3 grams, and became the standard unit of measure in the Middle East Around 1200 BC.


Brief historic timeline of gold

3600 BC: Gold is first smelted in ancient Egypt.

1223 BC: Tutankhamun’s funeral mask is crafted using gold.

500 AD: The ancient Chinese state of Chu circulates the Ying Yuan, a gold square coin.

1300: Hallmarking is first established at Goldsmith’s Hall in London.

1370-1420: Mining in Europe becomes so prevalent that mines are almost emptied. This period is known as The Great Bullion Famine.

1717: The UK sets the gold standard. This means currency is linked to gold at a fixed rate.

1848: The California Gold Rush begins when gold is found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma by James W Marshall.

1870-1900: The rest of the world apart from China adopts the gold standard.

1971-73: US President Richard Nixon abandons the Bretton Woods Agreement. This means that the dollar and other global currencies are no longer linked to the value of gold and the US can effectively print money at will.

2010: World Bank president advocates a return to the gold standard to help combat floating exchange rates.

2014: The Royal Mint launch a new bullion trading platform, allowing investors a chance to purchase gold bullion coins directly from The Royal Mint.

2015: Royal Mint Refinery branded gold bars are available for the first time in over half a century.

Digital Gold is also launched by The Royal Mint, allowing investors the chance to purchase a percentage of a physical gold bar.

2020: The Royal Mint becomes the first Sovereign Mint in Europe to launch a physically-backed gold exchange traded commodity called RMAU.

Y/G Moondust Oval Twist Hoop Earrings

These elegant gold hoop earrings are very striking to look and even more beautiful worn, their oval shape and the slight twist in the oval of the hoop adds extra drama to the shape of this hoop. Also these gold hoops are encrusted in moondust adding extra shimmer and glam to these hoop earrings.

 9 carat gold hoop earrings

Y/G D/C/ Oval Hoop Earrings

If you want a gold hoop earring with more impact, then these medium wide gold hoop earrings are a must, embellished with a textured criss cross pattern these gold hoops will go with everything.


We hope you found this page useful; we hope that our gold guide, gold carat explanation and gold history background was useful. As an established jewellery brand, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of jewellery, metals, stones and gems.

Our collection of real gold jewellery is full of demi fine and fine pieces that range from 9ct to 18ct white

gold and yellow gold. We also have an extensive range of diamond pieces and we also have a diamond and carat guide that explains in further detail a little more about that collection. Our real gold earrings include pearl, crystals, cubic zirconia and real diamond hoop earrings giving our customers a wide variety of subtle, elegant, statement and shimmer options.

One of our most popular collection is our sterling silver collection, this features a wide range of earrings, studs and silver hoops. If you need more information, we have a page on sterling silver a guide, that entails information and products that you will find useful. Our sterling silver range also incorporates silver and cubic zirconia and crystal elements for shimmery pieces that make the perfect treat.


Last but by no means least is our popular rose gold collection, this features again a wide range of earrings, studs and rose gold hoops. This collection is a great option for gifts, for younger customers and also make lovely romantic gestures too. Our rose gold collection features 9ct and 18ct rose gold and also features real diamond pieces within it too. The rose gold and diamond collection contains the prettiest and most elegant pieces, timeless and classic rose gold earrings, pendants, necklaces, studs and hoops.