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14-karat-gold necklace OR 14-karat gold necklace?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by tutenkharnage, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. tutenkharnage Banned

    English, USA
    Is it 14-karat-gold necklace OR 14-karat gold necklace?

    Bundled together, does "14-karat-gold" modify necklace, or does "14-karat' modify gold necklace? I did ask my jeweler and even he didn't know. He looked at me as though I were nuts.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    14-karat-gold necklace :cross:

    14-karat gold necklace :tick:
     
  3. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    "14-karat" modifies "gold". It states the purity of the gold alloy used. 14-karat gold is 58.5% gold (41.5% other metals). 24-karat gold is 100% gold, but it is rarely used in jewelry as it bends so easily.

    So "14-karat gold" modifies necklace: it is not a copper necklace, it is a necklace made of 14-karat gold.

    Parla points out that "14-karat-gold" (with 2 dashes) is incorrect.

    On websites you may see it shortened to "14K gold", "24K gold" etc.
     
  4. tutenkharnage Banned

    English, USA
    Thank you very much to the both of you.
     

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