If you’ve ever tried to sort out the markings on the inside of a ring, or on the clasp of a necklace, you may have encountered a little alphabet soup. Some markings are likely familiar – you’ve probably seen “14K.” But others, particularly on older jewelry, can be very confusing. If you are buying or selling vintage jewelry, you’ll want to know what you’re getting. This chart provides clarity on the markings and their meanings for jewelry made of one metal, typically a non-precious metal, and overlaid with gold or silver. For more information about gold markings non-plated items, click here.
For more information on US requirements for precious metals marking, check out my “Tiny Marks on Shiny Objects” blog post.