Gold Hallmarks – What do they mean?

gold jewelry hallmarks


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.


Gold Buyers Wellington, Gold Buyers West Palm Beach, Gold Buyers Royal Palm Beach

Lake Worth Gold Mine

8100 Lake Worth Road

Lake Worth, FL 33467


Posted on June 12, 2012, in Gold Buyers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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