750, 585, 417 Gold Markings on Jewelry & What They Mean

Updated on March 2, 2018
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What do all these gold jewelry markings mean?
What do all these gold jewelry markings mean?

What Does a 750, 585, or 417 Marking Mean?

Here's the quick answer:

  • "750" means "18-karat gold".
  • "585" means "14-karat gold".
  • "417" means "10-karat gold".

But there's more to know about gold markings on jewelry. These letters and numbers indicate an item's purity. They stand for different varieties of gold, and some varieties are worth more than others.

Isn't your ring or necklace pure gold? If not, how much gold is in it? If your piece is stamped with other markings, then what do they mean? Keep reading to find out.

Your Jewelry is NOT Pure Gold!

Pure gold is illustrious. Yet, it is too soft to be used a jewelry. Not only would it be fragile and prone to damage and breakage, but links and moving parts would wear down quickly.

Therefore, karat gold is mixed ("alloyed") with other base metals. Common components of gold alloy include copper, nickel, and zinc, among others. These additional metals impart greater strength and durability to fine gold jewelry.

Gold of a Different Color

Mixing gold with other metals can change it's color too. Pure gold is yellow. Yet, gold jewelry can be white or silver, red or rose, and green or lime instead.

Can you guess the meaning of this gold jewelry marking? (Get the answer in a moment.)

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Karatage, Fineness, and Purity

As you can guess from the markings on gold jewelry, there is more than one gold variety. I'm referring to the purity only, not the color or style. Different varieties of gold jewelry contain a higher or lower percentage of gold, and there are a few standard varieties.

The purity is expressed in karats or fineness. Pure gold is 24 karats and .999 fine. (It's never never 100% pure.) So the various fine gold markings, or stamps, tell you the purity of each jewelry item. More karats (the number before the "K") or a higher number means higher gold content.

So, how exactly does all of this fit together?

It's "karats", not "carrots"!
It's "karats", not "carrots"!

Understanding Karats and Karatage

The term, "karat", pertains to gold, and so does "karatage" (confusingly spelled "caratage" in the UK). In the US, karats are not the same as "carats".

A carat is a unit of measurement for gemstones. So most ladies would be thrilled to wear a 1-carat ring (diamond, of course). However, she would sneer if her beau proposed to her with a 1-karat ring, if there were such a thing, because it would be completely worthless.

"I thought our love meant something to you," she would exclaim, tearfully.

Then he would reply, with a quizzical expression, "I must have misunderstood your request, sweetheart."

So, in the interest of saving relationships, it's important to clarify this distinction.

What Gold Jewelry Markings Mean

Okay, back to gold markings. Look at the table below. It displays all common gold jewelry markings, along with their meanings. So for each gold variety, it lists the fineness and karatage markings; any piece of jewelry will only be stamped with one or the other. Then it shows you what percentage of gold each variety of jewelry contains.

Common Gold Markings on Jewelry, and Their Meanings

Fineness
Karatage
Gold Percentage
333
8K Gold
33.3%
375
9K Gold
37.5%
416 or 417
10K Gold
41.6% +
583 or 585
14K Gold
58.3% +
750
18K Gold
75.0%
916 or 917
22K Gold
91.6% +
999
24K Gold
99.9%
Table of corresponding gold markings, and the gold purity they signify.

How Can Two Markings Mean the Same Thing?

The chart shows that both "583" and "585" mean 14-karat gold. You'll see the same issue with 416/417 and 916/917 too. The USA allows gold jewelry to be under karat, slightly. In other words, it can be marked "10K" when it's only 9.5 karats. So the higher number marking in these three cases means that it's a higher quality gold, and not under karated.

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The Mystery Marking Means "Vermeil"!

Vermeil, pronounced "ver-may", is gold-plated sterling silver. The "925" is a reference to sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver.

What About Other Markings?

Well, that covers the meanings of 750, 585, 417, and other gold markings on jewelry.

Most fine gold jewelry is clearly marked or stamped. In which case it will display one of the markings discussed here. Some jewelry is marked with something else, instead of, or in addition to, those mentioned above.

Gold Plated Jewelry Markings

Some other markings mean a jewelry item is not fine karat gold. In that case, it's either plated or filled gold, or it's costume plain old jewelry--not real gold. See my other guide to find out more about the different kinds of gold plated jewelry, including their markings.

Hallmarks and Makers Marks

Some other markings convey details about the jewelry's origin. It may signify who made it, or where it was made, or something similar. In these cases, a logo stands for a manufacturer, and a letter may actually stand for the year of production. Google is your best chance at finding information about these kinds of unusual jewelry markings.

Video: Identifying Markings on Gold Jewelry

Video: Hallmarks Identifying Real Gold and Gems

Questions & Answers

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        Shiela 7 days ago

        Hi I have necklace and earrings with Mark kunal UAE what does it means? Is it real Gold?

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        Grace 10 days ago

        I have a necklace with a mark of 750 VC Italy gold, what does it mean?

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        Riza 2 weeks ago

        what about CTC 750?

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        Arhur 3 weeks ago

        i have necklace rope design we marking GAJ 750,this is real gold?

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        Stephen 3 weeks ago

        Sorry my replies are so late.

        dk - You get paid for silver. The thin gold layer doesn't affect the value at all.

        Angelo - a 750 marking on gold jewelry means it's 18K, 18-karat gold. You'll have to look up the 195 portion for that detail.

        Josie - I can only tell you that 750 means 18 karat gold. Why would you doubt it so much? Is there some other detail you haven't shared here?

        Maria Roberts - It means the 750, or 18 karat gold jewelry item, is made in Italy.

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        Stephen 3 weeks ago

        As the article explains, a 417 marking on gold jewelry means 10K, or 10-karat gold.

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        mar 3 weeks ago

        how much are 417 ear rings

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        Maria Roberts 3 weeks ago

        When Italy is next to 750, what is the meaning? Please

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        Jean payne 4 weeks ago

        Is 700 on 18 carat markings white gold a half carat diamond

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        Josie 5 weeks ago

        QUESTION: I am contemplating buying a pendent that is purported to be 18K gold. The hallmark says 750 registered trademark number. Is it really 18K?????

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        Angelo 6 weeks ago

        I have a ring which means 750 *195 AR i dont know if gold this can you please help me about this sign and how much if i sale this if real thanks a lot for help

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        dk 6 weeks ago

        When you have gold plated silver, is the silver what you get paid for when scrapping or does the gold make it less valuable?

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        ritz 6 weeks ago

        what does 12cz mean on my gold ring

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        Stephen 6 weeks ago

        Peerless is a brand name. 14K means 14-karat gold.

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        monica 7 weeks ago

        what does this mark means pls

        peerless 14k

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        Stephen 7 weeks ago

        I hope it helped. Don't forget to rate it!

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        Dinora 7 weeks ago

        Good information I wanted to refresh and make sure...

        Thank you

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        Stephen 7 weeks ago

        Well, it is silver. "925" means sterling silver. If you like them, that's what matters. Sterling silver is only worth about $15 per troy ounce.

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        MJS 7 weeks ago

        I found a pair of ear rings. I thought it was sterling silver. I cleaned it up. On the back it said 925. That was a big surprise for me.. It is a leaf shape. 1/2 in. wide and1 in. long. It white. I wonder how much they are worth.

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        Andy 7 weeks ago

        In Indonesia most of the gold is 700 does this mean it,s 70% pure or 17ct ?

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        robert 2 months ago

        i have a 750 18k gold ring

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        Jewelery 2 months ago

        I have just bought a ring that has IG 585 inside it.Is this gold or gold plated?

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        James 2 months ago

        OMG! it appears most of the people leaving comments didn't read the article -or if they did, they didn't comprehend it. Good Grief!

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        Chelsy 2 months ago

        hello I have 2 ringsone 14k 585 and wanted to know if it's real and how much it's worth if any

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        Maria 2 months ago

        Hey

        I have a necklace marked both 750 and 20kar. Can that be possible?

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        Zena Barrington Smith 2 months ago

        I have a gold coloured vintage scarf clip maked 564 what does it mean ?

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        Stephen 2 months ago

        "925 750" means vermeil--18K gold plated sterling silver. In other words, silver.

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        Kay smith 2 months ago

        I have been given a Tiffany heart link

        Bracelet. It says Italy 925 and 750. I have taken to a few places to be looked at but one said he don't think it real. How do I find out please.

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        jim 2 months ago

        i have a ring that appears to be silver at a glance of the 925 however it also is stamped underneath it mag, made in usa

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        Faith 2 months ago

        I have some snake chains marked WGB

        What does that mean?

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        Alex 3 months ago

        I have a pair of white gold earrings with salt water pearls and diamonds that says 1326AL 750.

        what does the 1326AL stand for?? Could it be the year they were made of the maker??

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        lecu 3 months ago

        I have a ring and chain with 18k a 750..making is it real...

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        Stephen 3 months ago

        750 is 18K gold.

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        MARIA 3 months ago

        I have a necklace marked 750 Italy and a THL marking. What does it mean? Is it a real white gold? Thanks.

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        John 3 months ago

        What does 531 mean on a peace of jewelry

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        Snakeman 3 months ago

        Carla - 925 is used only on silver. It could be gold plated silver.

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        Elah 3 months ago

        Hi i have a necklace . My necklace have a symbol O or 0 then 750 what does it mean ?

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        Carla 3 months ago

        What does 925 mean on a bracelet please its looks gold with a nice set of stones on it

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        Justin 3 months ago

        I have a bracelet with white opals in it it is marked with a fake leaver clasp on one end and other the real make I can't see it it says/ Mexico

        I think/ ##14kt

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        Tori Kane 4 months ago

        Oh good grief! Just get an acid test kit for precious metals ( 22 to 10 K gold available) and find out the gold content.

        No need to guess.

        As far as any other markings nowadays designers put the acronym of their name...e.i. JR for Judith Ripka, DY David Yurman...etc.

        Cheers!

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        Tracie 4 months ago

        Someone told me that the marking GAN is fake gold is is always true

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        Iain 4 months ago

        Tremendously interesting and maybe my wife will actually read it. Many thanks.

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        L.oakland 5 months ago

        If its marked by this symbol 18 K with a underscore line below the K. Does this mean it is 18 K gold plated?

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        D Humphreys 5 months ago

        An old charm bracelet has indistinct marks on each link. The whole is rose colour. The padlock is marked E.P.9ct

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        Larry cantrell 5 months ago

        Can u tell me on the inside of a watch on the main plate that holds all the gears it saysBF with a big G the BF is inside the G and under that there's numbers 866 can u please tell me what it stands for

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        Christine A. Roppel 5 months ago

        I have a pair of vintage Russian earrings. It says: Gold over Silver .875. Can you tell me what this means?

        Thanks so much!

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        Sue 6 months ago

        Hi , I have a white band that says 18ct but also 607 , can you tell me what this means please

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        Abir 6 months ago

        Its very useful. I find my answer in there.

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        Jessica 6 months ago

        I have a sapphire ring that has marks on the outside of the band instead of the inside. Its hard to make out exactly what they are due to wear. So with my detailed research has a strong possibility of being French Hallmark for real. The sapphires clarity to me is real and the small diamonds surrounding too. I would greatly appreciate anyone's help!

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        Krystal 6 months ago

        I have a neckless that has sfg on it what does it mean

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        Stacia 7 months ago

        Wondering shows TOB ? Italian 16 or 18k bracelet??

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        Cheryl Williams 7 months ago

        I have a G.M.Co 18k mined cut diamond ring VVSI diamonds .25, do you know the value, where it came from and what year, someone scratched inside and put V 7457, is the v for the year, can you please help, I can not find any information

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        Sandy Graham 7 months ago

        What does the marking 14K GR mean on a gold chain?

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        Shenal 8 months ago

        I have a pair of pari dogali earrings stamped 55 NU 750, what does that mean, and what are they worth? Please help!!!

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        Ajay 8 months ago

        What that my hall marks CG 750

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        CHRIS 8 months ago

        I HAVE A BANGLE WITH SG 585 WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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        Dayton Huber 8 months ago

        What does the G mean in front of the mark G750

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        Morris 8 months ago

        I have a gold necklace and has a JH reading only, is it real or what.

        Please help.

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        deb r 8 months ago

        what does 14k SSC mean on a necklace

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        Jeanette emery 9 months ago

        I have a ring it says 10k with G.F behind it what does that mean?

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        Jewel 9 months ago

        I have a ring with a marking A.N.750 but when I brought it for appraising they say they can't figure what metal it was.

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        paula martin 9 months ago

        I have an AAU world record medallion from 1911 with XX GOLD marked on it. what is XX?

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        NTHONY 10 months ago

        I have a bracelet that is stamped GP before 18 k is this real

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        Kimberley Fraser 10 months ago

        I have an earing with 585 italy on it with several small diamonds will they be real and how much will it be worth it weighs 1.5g

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        charlie-bob 10 months ago

        interesting info. just bought a box full most is real gold & silver WHAT A FIND!! ANYBODY WANT A GOOD DEAL ON JEWELRY?

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        Stuart 10 months ago

        I just wanted to add that there is also copper filled gold jewellery availabl. It will usually have cf or copper filled stamped on it but you can never be too careful these days.

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        Peter 10 months ago

        I have a gold 18ct ring with the marking J M 750

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        Lauea 10 months ago

        Have a necklace that's two toned. The only marking which is on both ends says DGL. That's it. I can seem to find out anything about.

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        Janice Wanchik 10 months ago

        I have a 14k Italien gold bracelet with RC etched on the clasp along side 14k Italien Looking to find its worth

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        Jamal Hughes 10 months ago

        So if I buy a chain with the making of 585 is it real?

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        Arwin Dumaboc 10 months ago

        I bought a gold necklace here in Saudi Arabia and it have marking FB 21K i wondered what is the meaning of FB?

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        paula 10 months ago

        whatis8FL

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        delors 10 months ago

        I see a j r 10 karat on lock of chain what does that mean

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        Kerri Powles 11 months ago

        I have acquired two gold rings, but I am suspicous as to their validity as they are only marked with an 18k and 750 but there are no other markings at all. Does this mean they are fake or genuine gold?

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        Savannah 11 months ago

        well somebody sold my friend a necklace and I think its fake it has the initials DGL on it I think that's what it is it might be a 790 but I was trying to figure out if anyone could tell me anything about this marking or jewelry

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        Mary 11 months ago

        My mother's wedding band from 1930 is 18 kt. yellow colour, with a diamond engraving on the inside, beside the 18 kt. marking, with a number or letter in the centre of that diamond shape. I was wondering what that stands for? It is a plain band. ?

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        Victoria 11 months ago

        I have a stamp on gold ring 's e c' can anyone tell me what this means

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        garry 11 months ago

        I have a gold chain which has 18k on it and 750 as well is it real

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        zandramontano_123 12 months ago

        The best information I've read! Now I know I've had several jewelries on hand because I love collecting golds for emergencies you can pawn it but I never knew until I bought one today that is written 750 thanks God I had come to your post. Thankyou very much and more power. God bless

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        Barbara 12 months ago

        i brought a ring marked 417 TGGC i know the numbers mean 10k but do not know what the letters mean these marking are on a gold ring.

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        lewis 12 months ago

        I have a dm stamped earring what does it mean

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        Hello 13 months ago

        Whta does 4.99 MK in my ring mean?

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        micheala 13 months ago

        Hello

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        Grace 14 months ago

        Hello..good morning..just want to ask how much is the SG750 bracelet?

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        Faby 14 months ago

        Great information! Thank you

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        elmorro 14 months ago

        I have a ring with a 18k and a 750 marking is it real?

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        Doug 14 months ago

        I have a necklace stamped 24kdp. what does it mean?

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        Keri Sheppard 14 months ago

        This article has been of great help to me. I sort and price jewelry at a nonprofit thrift shop and same for their estate sales. Before I sell to the public I need to be sure of what I am selling. Prior to reading this piece I only knew a fraction of the markings. Thank you for helping me help my organization benefitting needy kids and families in our community.

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        Paul Myers 15 months ago

        Can anyone tell me what the markings 18K3 mean on a necklace. It appears to be white gold.

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        Rachel 15 months ago

        What hallmark is BPG

        Thanks

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        Nneka 15 months ago

        I bought a necklace, inscription is 750 but it seems not as yellow as another with the same inscription. Please what could be the cause? Thanks.

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        eBaY = boombam_2012 15 months ago

        20k = 833

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        Gagirl 16 months ago

        Hi I have a 10K SAK Mexico stamp on my gold bracelet. Are these stamps indicating it is valuable or junk?

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        rajeev 16 months ago

        I have a gold ring and it has been marked 750 u and D. 62 ... What does it mean.

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        Brandy 16 months ago

        Hello I'm interested in buying a bracelet it has a stamp reading 758 AR is this real gold ? I would like to make sure before I purchase this please.

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        halesangel 18 months ago

        I have a mens ring not sure if its gold or silver but its a nugget ring with the numbers an letter 21R engraved on the bottom outside of the band what does this mean

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        ryhan 18 months ago

        hi i have a 9ct gold braclete and locket and on the back of the locket it has 3 boxes 1 box it has a

        unicorn box 2 has the letter v and the 3rd box has the effle tower. now i cant find them symbles anywhere

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        Jackie 18 months ago

        Hi I was wondering if you could tell me what 777 means on jewellery?

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        angelica 18 months ago

        I have a nickless with a diamond cross on the stamp it says 237 AL 750 I took it to jeweler said he wasn't sure

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        $subliminally 18 months ago

        55? And a symbol, white gold?

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