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What Is a Hallmark on Your Jewelry, and How Can You Identify It?

Do you have a piece of jewelry you think may be valuable? Well, then you've come to the right place.

Whether you're looking to know more about your jewelry or sell it for some quick cash, you should check to see if it has a hallmark. But what exactly is a hallmark, and how do you spot one?

Keep reading to find all the answers you've been searching for.

What Is a Jewelry Hallmark?

A hallmark is a stamp on valuable jewelry that tells you the type of metal it's made from and its purity. Precious metals are considered silver, platinum, gold, or palladium, and purity refer to the minimum amount of pure metal present.

A precious metal must go through the assaying process to get a hallmark, which determines its quality. And once it is complete, the hallmark can be applied.

These marks are put on jewelry to ensure that the buyer is getting the correct amount of precious metal for the price. And if they ever wish to sell it, the hallmark also helps future buyers know the item's estimated value.

You may also see a maker's mark, which tells you the origin of the jewelry.

But if your piece only has a maker's mark and not a true hallmark, it does not help determine the purity or value.

How To Spot a Hallmark on Jewelry

There are a few distinct hallmarks you may see on your jewelry.

The hallmark "10k" means it is ten karat gold or 41.6% gold and 58.4% alloy for gold. The hallmark "585" suggests 14 karat gold or 58.5% gold and 41.5% alloy. For your gold to be 100% gold, the hallmark would have to read "24k," meaning 24 karats.

Silver jewelry, "STER" or "925," means it is sterling silver or 92.5% silver and 7.5% alloy. For platinum, "950PT" or "PLAT" means 95% platinum and 5% alloy. And for palladium, "950PD" means it is 95% palladium and 5% alloy.

A maker's mark will appear different from a hallmark and may look like a signature or a logo. But unfortunately, the United States doesn't require makers to register their marks, so tracing back its origins may prove difficult.

And if you're having trouble seeing these markings, try cleaning your jewelry to get a better look.

How To Sell Your Jewelry

Once you've identified the hallmark, you will be able to get the most accurate price for your jewelry. To receive the most precise pricing, you want to go through a trusted company specializing in this service.

For example, American Gold & Diamond Buyers will purchase your vintage jewelry, engagement rings, diamonds, fine watches, or any piece made from gold, platinum, or silver.

Go Look For a Jewelry Hallmark

Now that you know how to search for a hallmark, you'll find it in no time. And on the off chance your piece doesn't have a hallmark, don't sweat it.

You can still take it to American Gold & Diamond buyers to get a quote.

Don't let your valuable piece of jewelry sit in a drawer for one more second. Click here to get a custom offer on your jewelry today!



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