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Author Topic: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?  (Read 11696 times)

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Offline WorkinHard

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100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:33:54 AM »
I found a big gold earring at the mall the other day, about the size of a quarter!  ;D
It's way too mangled to be used as jewellery anymore but it's still gold!
On the back it is stamped 14K but it also has a stamp that just says 100...
What does the 100 mean? Anybody know?
Thanks in advance...

Offline PlacerPal

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Re: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 01:55:12 PM »
I found a big gold earring at the mall the other day, about the size of a quarter!  ;D
It's way too mangled to be used as jewellery anymore but it's still gold!
On the back it is stamped 14K but it also has a stamp that just says 100...
What does the 100 mean? Anybody know?
Thanks in advance...

I believe the 100 mark means the earring is 14K fine or 100% 14K gold.
Up until about 1982, karat gold refiners/makers, goldsmiths, jewellers, etc. could mark a gold
item 14K even if it was 13.5 K or somewhere between 13.5K and 14K. The 100 or a mark Fine,
means the gold item is exactly 14K and is an indication of the quality and fineness to the jewellers.

Sometimes when testing gold items or scrap, the test indicates the gold content is greater than 10K
but tested for 14K, the gold items fail to test 14K. The pawn shop guys, scrap gold dealers, refiners, etc.
who are experienced know about the 1982 karat gold marking regs. The hobby scrap gold buyers and
the public not so much, pay for 14K but get 13.5K and that means the buyer gets 2.08333 % less gold
if they were paying for the bullion gold in the item or the scrap.

 :)


Offline rush2112

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Re: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 06:20:38 PM »
That "100" mark is very odd.

The number ".585" would be more appropriate for 14 K gold meaning it's 585 parts per 1000 pure gold.

A "999" mark would indicate 24 K or pure gold.

Wish I could help more.

Offline Arctic Digger

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Re: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2012, 11:33:29 AM »
Hey
I was reading about gold covering/plating.
They often say f.ex 14 K 100 mills.
Check out that. lower mills, less gold value. But it may still be 14 coating.

I am not sure on this, but I may think I'm into something here. :P

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Re: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2012, 11:53:48 AM »

14K 100 means the gold item is exactly 14K, not less than 14K nor more.
Prior to about 1983, the USA regs for stamping karatage on gold items permitted 13.5K to
be stamped 14K. Something to know for those who buy or collect scrap karat gold items.

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Re: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2012, 05:51:24 PM »
Maybe you found the last one and there are 99 more out there ........ never know

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Re: 100 stamped on gold earring. What does it mean?
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2012, 05:58:32 PM »
COOL DID NOT KNOW THAT CHEERS RAY