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

tutenkharnage

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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.
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    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.
     
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