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    What does 14K TW mean? - picture added

    Hi all.

    First of all let me apologize for not posting a picture, but couldn't get one that would really help in ID'ng.

    Today I dug a plain wedding band marked inside with 14K followed by TW in a circle...weight is 3 grams. My question is...I understand TW to stand for "total weight" as in identifying total weight of gemstones in a jewelry piece...why would there be a TW stamp on a plain gold band?

    I know acid test will be the final litmus test, but has anyone else found plain karat jewelry marked this way?

    Thanks for your help.

    HH,
    CD
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    Re: What does 14K TW mean?

    Another onliner responded in this manner to the same question: "The gold may be mined from China (which is very rich in Gold) and the jewelry has been made at any Taiwan ('TW') gold jewelry shop."
    Don ....

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    Re: What does 14K TW mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon
    Another onliner responded in this manner to the same question: "The gold may be mined from China (which is very rich in Gold) and the jewelry has been made at any Taiwan ('TW') gold jewelry shop."
    Don ....
    I saw that answer on "Wiki-answers", but don't have a high degree of confidence in that source. Thanks.

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    Re: What does 14K TW mean? - picture added

    it is the maker's brand mark.... just like other rings are stamped 'FG', 'ArtCarved', 'Keepsake', etc. etc..... but I don't know who that mark refers to

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    Re: What does 14K TW mean? - picture added

    Quote Originally Posted by Captaindoodle
    .why would there be a TW stamp on a plain gold band?

    I know acid test will be the final litmus test, but has anyone else found plain karat jewelry marked this way?

    Thanks for your help.

    HH,
    CD
    Its most likely 14K gold. The TW in a circle is a makers mark.


    ADDED: I just noticed jewelerguy explained it very well.

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    Re: What does 14K TW mean? - picture added

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    Re: What does 14K TW mean? - picture added

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcypresshunter
    Thanks for the help all!! You got the exact mark in the link you put up bigcypresshunter.

    HH,
    CD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigcypresshunter View Post
    sorry if i'm bumping an old thread, but that helped me id a wedding band I just found. thanks bch.
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    I'm bumping this thread again.

    I found one a little while ago marked 14K TW (inside a circle/oval) but mine's FAKE; definitely plated. It's really beautiful on the outside but isn't even gold on the inside. Looks like some kind of chrome plated metal.

    There's also an unreadable ghost image of the original mark. Looks like it was ground off and the fake mark was added later; a true counterfeit.

    Another real heart stopper. I really hate when that happens. For about 40 seconds I thought I scored another nice gold ring.
    Last edited by Garrett424; Aug 10, 2015 at 08:44 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett424 View Post
    I'm bumping this thread again.
    Thanks, that's good information to keep going.
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