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9 carat gold

9 carat gold is one of the lowest purities of gold to be used in mainstream applications, but is still found quite often, and is far from worthless. It is particularly used in the UK, where it is one of the lowest purities of accepted gold.

What is 9 carat gold?

Commonly found in jewellery, 9 carat gold is an alloy containing 37.5% pure gold, while the rest is made up of another metal or metals.

Typically, 9 carat gold will be made of 37.5% gold, 42.5% silver and 20% copper. However, it is also possible to find slight variations on this combination. 9 carat white gold, for example, is made up of 37.5% gold and 62.5% silver. 9 carat rose gold, on the other hand, has a higher copper content - 37.5% gold, 20% silver and 42.5% copper, giving the metal a more red tone.

Due to being mixed with other metals, 9 carat gold is harder than pure gold, making it a popular choice for jewellery.

9 Carat Gold

How much is 9 carat gold worth?

The official spot price for gold refers to the value of 24 carat, pure bullion gold, which only makes up 37.5% of the content of 9 carat gold. The value of 9 carat gold at any given moment is therefore calculated by taking 37.5% of the bullion spot price.

When it comes to carat rating, the higher the carat, the more expensive the gold. This is because carat rating relates directly to purity. 9ct gold, for example, is 9/24 parts pure gold, whereas 22 carat gold is 22/24 parts pure.

9 carat gold can still be worth a surprising amount, particularly in large quantities, and during periods where the gold price is high. If you own 9 carat jewellery and would like to find its current scrap value, you can use our Scrap Gold Calculator.