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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        Ryan 

        13 days ago

        D&K is the only marking on my silver colored ring .

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        Erel 

        3 weeks ago

        750 on watch means?

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        lemueldilagleal28@gmail.com 

        4 weeks ago

        Thank you very much, so now I understand the meaning of gold and its helpfull for me, because I'm a collector of damage jewelry and old coins. Again thank you. God bless

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        Mapogos 

        6 weeks ago

        I have a necklace and bracelet with 18k markings next to a chinese symbol.im not sure if its really chinese symbol tho. It looks like it. I wonder what that symbol means? Or it stands for which country it is made,?

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        Tracey 

        7 weeks ago

        I have a tennis bracelett an it has 70 stamped inside where the clasp inserts into the other part of the clasp what does the 70 mean is it real

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        Cindy 

        8 weeks ago

        I have diamond and it has mark 585 is it real??

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        kaye 

        2 months ago

        ii saw a yellowish spoon mark no 700 what does it mean?

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        Emil 

        2 months ago

        I saw an old ring feom my fathers car. And it say it ia JF 750. WHAT IS JF MEANS?

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        Dan'l Le Sage 

        2 months ago

        I have a pendant that was advertised to be 925 Sterling plated over brass . However when scrutinized from the back it is stamped AU and then the symbol similar to the ' Copyright C ' . Could it be that it really is white gold , not Sterling plated brass ?

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        mark 

        2 months ago

        mary , 14k and 585 mean the same thing. its 14k, they mention it twice

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        Marie 

        2 months ago

        I have a braclet that says 14k and 585 what does that mean

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        Margaret 

        3 months ago

        does anyone know the meaning of SG on gold wire bracelet

      • BEAGOLDBUYERdot profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephen 

        3 months ago

        The 10K marking/stamp means your ring is ten-karat gold. The A87 could be anything.

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        Stephen 

        3 months ago

        You're welcome Marshall. If you're figured out the gold markings on your jewelry, the article has accomplished its purpose.

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        Marshall 

        4 months ago

        Yes the article did help I do appreciate him taking his time out to turn on and actually helped a lot of us out and trying to figure out what we actually have. So thank you very much.

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        Diana 

        4 months ago

        I have a ring 585 6 what does it mean?

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        Leona R Callahan 

        4 months ago

        I have a gold ring it is 10K, then thesmall symbol with I think a letter A inside followed by A87, what does it mean?

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        Bev Smith 

        4 months ago

        I have a gold chain with a small cross. There is a small heart at the clasp with 18KBA (that B could possibly be an 8) on it. What does that mean?

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        lorence 

        4 months ago

        i found ring 585 in a sea in croatia

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        shopi mendez 

        4 months ago

        I have silver ring stamp 18k 750 is this true white gold

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        Stephen 

        5 months ago

        In all cases, 750 means 18 karat gold. Other markings can be from the jeweler or assay office. Sometimes a letter may designate what year the jewelry piece was made, whereas a symbol might indicate the country where it was made.

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        Jonathan Lynn 

        5 months ago

        What dose a necklace with the letter A on it mean?

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        Sarah 

        5 months ago

        How do you keep gold plating from changing colors or turning your skin. Green?

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        Dawn 

        5 months ago

        Hi i have a bracelet the stamp is 865 on top then 585

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        HalW 

        5 months ago

        I have a necklace that says Star763VI. any idea its from italy

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        Boost 

        5 months ago

        What does italy gold mean. When it’s on the necklace

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        Mike 

        5 months ago

        There's a stamp on my earrings that have a star inbetween c and c so

        C

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        Amy 

        5 months ago

        Hi, I have a ring that has a star followed by 660 VI then 750, I understand the VI is vincenza and the 750 is 18k but what is the star and the 660?

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        Shiela 

        6 months ago

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

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        Grace 

        6 months ago

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

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        Riza 

        6 months ago

        what about CTC 750?

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        Arhur 

        6 months ago

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

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        Stephen 

        6 months 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 

        6 months ago

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

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        mar 

        6 months ago

        how much are 417 ear rings

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        Maria Roberts 

        6 months ago

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

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        Jean payne 

        6 months ago

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

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        Josie 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        7 months 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 

        7 months ago

        what does 12cz mean on my gold ring

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        Stephen 

        7 months ago

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

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        monica 

        7 months ago

        what does this mark means pls

        peerless 14k

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        Stephen 

        7 months ago

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

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        Dinora 

        7 months ago

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

        Thank you

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        Stephen 

        7 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

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        robert 

        7 months ago

        i have a 750 18k gold ring

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        Jewelery 

        7 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 

        8 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 

        8 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 

        8 months ago

        Hey

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

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        Zena Barrington Smith 

        8 months ago

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

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        Stephen 

        8 months ago

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

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        Kay smith 

        8 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 

        8 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 

        8 months ago

        I have some snake chains marked WGB

        What does that mean?

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        Alex 

        8 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 

        9 months ago

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

      • BEAGOLDBUYERdot profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephen 

        9 months ago

        750 is 18K gold.

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        MARIA 

        9 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 

        9 months ago

        What does 531 mean on a peace of jewelry

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        Snakeman 

        9 months ago

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

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        Elah 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        10 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 

        10 months ago

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

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        Iain 

        10 months ago

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

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        L.oakland 

        10 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 

        11 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 

        11 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 

        11 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 

        12 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 

        12 months ago

        Its very useful. I find my answer in there.

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        Jessica 

        12 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 

        12 months ago

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

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        Stacia 

        13 months ago

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

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        Cheryl Williams 

        13 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 

        13 months ago

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

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        Shenal 

        14 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 

        14 months ago

        What that my hall marks CG 750

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        CHRIS 

        14 months ago

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

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        Dayton Huber 

        14 months ago

        What does the G mean in front of the mark G750

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        Morris 

        14 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 

        14 months ago

        what does 14k SSC mean on a necklace

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        Jeanette emery 

        15 months ago

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

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        Jewel 

        15 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 

        15 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 

        15 months ago

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

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        Kimberley Fraser 

        15 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 

        15 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 

        16 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 

        16 months ago

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

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        Lauea 

        16 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 

        16 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 

        16 months ago

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

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        Arwin Dumaboc 

        16 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 

        16 months ago

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