How Could U Tell If Jewelery Is Real ...

Celina, TX

#674 May 3, 2011
Pleas be careful when selling your gold and silver...No matter how small the piece may be. A crook in the East Texas area bouht a lot of big silver pieces 3 years ago from a friend of mine and really ripped her off. When I drove into the little town a few days ago, he was gone. Made enough off of her to retire somewhere...Said some of my small pieces were junk....Guess what, my junk today sold for over $1900.00...Be wary of these guys..
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#675 May 3, 2011
As Emma says, theres a large percentage of buyers out there who will rip you off, A little knowledge about what you are selling will go a long way in helping you avoid these con artists.....First of all, before selling precious metals, ALWAYS check the current market prices. I am including a link to KITCO which has continuously updated LIVE price quotes... market/us_charts.html
Important to remember though, These market prices are not what you can be expected to be paid for your items, For instance, Sterling silver is only 92.5% pure, and therefore valued at the same percentage of the market price.
Also, sterling and coin silver needs to be refined in order to make it pure again.....some silver is lost in the refining process, not to mention that the refining process is expensive, so all in all, expect to be paid 15 to 20 percent LESS than the actual value. Also, Gold and silver prices are based on the TROY ounce, and not the standard avoirdupois ounce, so if you are weighing your metals on a standard scale, an ounce TROY is only 0.9114883 ounce avoirdupois.
Also "TomsTreasures" which has a wealth of information on gold and silver, I recommend that you place both of these sites in your "favorites"
Both of these sites are popup free and dont cost you a dime, no registration is necessary .
Hope this helps.
Ed Meyer
Chris B

Spencer, IN

#676 May 11, 2011
I have found what appears to be a gold ID bracelet my mother bought as a gift of for my Dad many years back. How can I tell if it is gold, or gold plated, or not even gold at all. Any easy way?
Thank you

Manchester, NH

#677 May 14, 2011
Missy wrote:
Please help, a very close friend gave me a gold necklace and a gold cross, and asked me to wear them at all times, which I have no objection to doing. My problem is after a few hours of wearing the cross my skin began to burn. I have Fibromyalgia as well as other things that cause chemical sensitivity. The back of the cross says Kt 14 Italy, we assumed that meant it was 14K gold, now I'm afraid we were wrong. I would like to know what I'm talking about when I. talk about this with my friend, is this cross 14K or something else?
This is what I found when I looked it up on the internet. Jewelry is normally stamped with a marking to show the type of gold.

For 9kt gold the stamp will normally be either the number 375, 9kt, 9kt or 9K.

14kt yellow gold pendantFor 14kt gold the stamp will normally be either the number 585, 14kt, 14kt or 14K.

For 18kt gold the stamp will normally be either the number 750, 18kt, 18kt or 18K.

I learned something new too :0)

Manchester, NH

#678 May 14, 2011
I'm not from New Boston...I am a lot further north than that...

Manchester, NH

#679 May 14, 2011
debra l davis wrote:
I have a ring that is stamped 925/10k FC on the inside of the ring, does anybody know what that means?
The FC I'm not sure, but I believe the 925 means it's Sterling Silver then the 10k means plated with 10 k gold.

Germantown, TN

#680 May 15, 2011
I have a Italy 925 necklace I wants to no if it's real or not
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#681 May 15, 2011
Yes, your necklace marked "925" is sterling.

United States

#682 May 18, 2011
I have a neklace and the chain says 14kg i was wondering if the cross was real to it sank and dented easy. I also have another neklace but doesnt have any karat mark on it but its kinda heavy i really want to kno real or fake i got them from my great grandma befor she died

United States

#683 May 18, 2011
The second neklace also has a thing by the clasp that has a tree i think and says"the vapican librar3 collection" an its on the back of the cross to wat does it mean pleas help is it europ or somthing

United States

#684 May 18, 2011
And has a wierd flower design on the bak
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#685 May 18, 2011
Without seeing the hallmarks, I cannot identify your item, Here is a link for most hallmarks, hopefully you can locate the ones you are looking for, If not maybe you can email me photos of the marks.
[email protected]
This site also has the gold hallmarks.

Columbia, SC

#686 May 19, 2011
jessica wrote:
hey i just bought a gold has417 AP on the clasp, it also says made in italy, what does this mean and if the 417 means its fake is the whole thing fake or just the clasp?
The 417 just means its 10k gold. Each karat of gold has a number to go with it. the 417 is the amount of gold in the object.:)
Just me

Pensacola, FL

#687 May 21, 2011
jenn wrote:
i have a ring that says it is 18k did all the test passed the jewler says it is real but when i took it to a pawn shop for a cleaning he said it was fake who do i believe
Why on earth would you take jewelry to a pawn shop to be cleaned?

Renton, WA

#688 May 28, 2011
So I have this huge silver ring that has a big chunk of what looks like gold in it and I was wondering if its real gold. I tried the makeup thing but the silver reacts the same way with it so I can't tell.
treassure hunter

Harrogate, UK

#689 May 29, 2011
i have been beach combing recently and have found many rings, chains and broachs witch i believe to be real gold and contain real diamonds and jewels how can i test these to see? any ideas could help.


#690 May 30, 2011
I have a Yellow gold Necklace marked Italy 14K Coino, it did pass the test for 14k Gold but not sure why it says coino instead of gold
i would appreciate any help!
thank you!
Ed Meyer

Liberty, MO

#691 May 30, 2011
The Coino mark is likely an italian manufacturer makers mark.


#692 May 30, 2011
thanks Ed!

San Francisco, CA

#693 May 30, 2011
I have a 14kt gold chain made from Italy is it real?it hasn't faded or nothing look the same as when they gave it to me but I wanna know if its fake

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