A History of US Gold & Silver Marks from 1906 to The Present

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You’ve probably seen “K” and 925 marks before, but unless you are really into jewelry, those marks may not mean much. There are so many different markings, it can be downright confusing. At the simplest level, you should know that any number with a K mark after it indicates the purity of gold, and a 925 stamp means the jewelry is made of sterling silver. Read on to learn more about the purity marks you’ll find on jewelry in the United States. Check back for future posts on marks for other countries.

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Precious Metals – Jewelry, Coins & Bullion

Mankind has valued precious metals for millennia. Gold artifacts have been discovered dating back 7,000 years and the oldest known gold coin was made in the ancient kingdom of Lydia (located where Turkey is today) more than 2,700 years ago. Precious metals have typically included gold, silver, and platinum. More recently, pallidum has been added to the list. All are considered “precious” because of their […]

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The Pearl In Literature

pearl – pərl, noun  1. a hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of an oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem. 2. a precious thing; the finest example of something.   A lustrous gem produced by  found in the oceans surrounding every inhabited continent, pearls are a rare […]

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Selling Personal Jewelry – A Guide

Making the decision to sell personal jewelry can be difficult and is often fraught with emotion. The impetus to sell may come from financial need, a desire to make a clean break with the past, or downsizing your belongings. Regardless of the reason, selling personal jewelry is best done with some planning. A logical and thoughtful plan will […]

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Safe & Easy Silver Dip Recipe

Safe & Easy Silver Dip Recipe By Things Grandma Kept Our Safe & Easy Silver Dip Recipe is perfect for removing tarnish from your silver with a few cents worth of ingredients you already have at home! Silver jewelry, particularly if it’s vintage, can easily tarnish if not worn frequently.   This dip is great for all genuine sterling silver and […]

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Jewelry Appraisals Guide

Whether you own one piece of fine jewelry, or a drawer full of heirloom pieces, having appraisals for your items is something you should thoughtfully consider. Jewelry Appraisals can help you decide whether a piece of jewelry is worth it’s advertised price, protect jewelry you already have, help you with estate and tax planning, and assist […]

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