Gold Hallmarks – What do they mean?
Have you ever wondered what a gold hallmark means? For the most part, a gold hallmark will tell you what the gold purity is.
Typically in the US, the following gold hallmarks are used; 10k, 14k, and 18k. European hallmarks tend to use the exact purity content, such as 417, 585, and 750.
10k gold is 41.7% pure (hence the European hallmark of 417).
14k gold is 58.5% pure and 18k is 75.0% pure gold. 22k is 90.0% pure.
When you sell gold jewelry, you will get paid based upon the gold purity. You will receive an offer based on your 10k jewelry and a separate offer for 14k jewelry and the same for other purities.
Gold-filled jewelry is usually hallmarked with 1/10th or 1/20th of 12k – sometimes 1/20th of 14k. This jewelry is not solid gold through and through and most gold buyers will not purchase gold-filled jewelry.
Gold jewelry that is hallmarked with “18k GE” is gold electroplated. This basically means that they piece of jewelry is “sprayed” with 18k gold – also known as gold plate. Gold buyers do not purchase gold plate or gold electroplated jewelry.
If your jewelry does not have a hallmark it will need to be tested. Most pieces like this are not gold but always get it checked because there are custom-made pieces that are gold – just not marked.
If you live in the Palm Beach County area, and looking to sell gold, be sure to get a quote from the Lake Worth Gold Mine.
Lake Worth Gold Mine
8100 Lake Worth Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467