Jun 12, 2013, 11:29 PM
NEED HELP ON JEWELRY MARK: 417 GS
This is not a metal detecting find, but I'm curious what 417 GS means? 417=10k, but is GS the manufacturer, or could it mean something like gold shell? Thanks for any help you can provide!
Jun 12, 2013, 11:58 PM
Several gold/silver purchasing sites list GS as Gold Shell and will not purchase items with this stamp.
Originally Posted by agold2cashexchange.com
Jun 13, 2013, 12:28 AM
The GS certainly is grounds for a pause. In the post you copied... Isn't KP a good thing thiugh because it stands for plumb, not plated?
Originally Posted by GpSnoopy
Jun 13, 2013, 07:08 AM
You are correct and glad you spotted it. I'd hate to be responsible for passing on incorrect information.
I copied this info from just one of many sites, just to confirm what GS stood for, and didn't think to verify that every other acronym listed on each site was correct. Looking back, this was the only one (could be others out there though), that posted they would not take KP stamped items. Makes you wonder where they got their info from....... gold exchange industry, or just googled it themselves? Good example of how misconceptions occur. I wonder how many people tossed away perfectly good jewelry because this vendor told them KP meant plated.
Here's an answer to "what does 14kp stamped on gold mean" from one of the more popular wiki answer sites.
"PLUMB GOLD A term used to describe gold jewelry that contains the precise amount of gold in the alloy that the Karat mark indicates. In the past an item marked 14Kt could legally have been 13.5 karat and still considered 14K. Today an item marked 14k must be at least 14 of 24 parts fine gold and is considered plumb gold. In some instances manufacturers have marked their jewelry 14KP meaning plumb, but inadvertently have confused the public that believed the 14KP mark meant gold plated. "
Jun 13, 2013, 09:03 AM
This is a really helpful thread, thanks! A year ago I bought a pair of 18k earrings for my wife while in India. Back in the US I had them tested by my local jeweler who says they are "about 16k' of true purity...apparently they get to round up quite a bit in the Indian jewelry industry!
Jun 13, 2013, 08:01 PM
One more time for the night crowd
Jun 13, 2013, 10:05 PM
Unfortunately gold shell is a term for jewelry that has been painted with 10K gold paint.
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