Gold (K= karat) (P= Plum) Plum is high quality (purity) when a P is added. (example 18KP)
Gold Filled Markings (W1/20 14K G.F.) what it means: W=weight,
= 5% gold, G.F. = Gold Filled. Gold Filled is 300 times
thicker than gold plating. Gold filled is bonded to brass or bronze with
(fusing) heat & pressure. By law 5% of its total weight must be gold.
Thin coating of gold over a base metal (Electroplating) A gold plated
item will be marked 18K or 14K HGE (Heavy Gold Electroplating)
Gold plating is 7 - 100 millionths of an inch thick.
Sterling is 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Sterling Markings are .925, STER, STERLING.
Sterling from England are marked by a Lion Hallmark.
Silver Filled items are marked 1/20 silver filled.
Vermeil is sterling silver covered by an electroplating of gold.
are PLAT, or PLATINUM, and maybe marked .900 or .950
The Online Encyclopedia of
American Silver Marks
British Silver Hallmarks
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