The designation 14K GE ESPO refers to the quality and designer of a piece of jewelry. The 14K means the gold in the piece is of 14-carat purity. GE means the layer of gold is plated onto a base metal using an electrolytic process. ESPO means the jewelry was designed by Joseph Esposito.Know More
Pure gold is 24 carats, but it is seldom used in making jewelry because it is too soft. Though mixing gold with other materials makes it harder and more durable, the process also decreases its value. Gold that is 14 carats is 14 parts of gold and 10 parts of another metal. Electroplating uses electrical current to cause a thin layer of gold to adhere to the base metal. Federal Trade Commission regulations stipulate that for a piece of jewelry to be designated as gold electroplated, the gold layer must be at least 0.175 microns, or about 7 millionths of an inch, thick.
Designer Joseph Esposito created the Esposito Sterling Signatures collection of jewelry, which is sold exclusively on the QVC television network and the QVC website. He is descended from four generations of jewelers. In 1911, Joseph's great-grandfather moved the family company from Italy to Rhode Island. Joseph Esposito runs the company and oversees the designing of the jewelry collections.Learn more about Rings
Fourteen-karat gold is gold that has been alloyed with equal parts silver and copper in order to provide additional durability and rigidity in jewelry, with the final product containing 58.3 percent gold, by volume. This same practice is applied to many gold products, because pure gold is too soft to be used as jewelry or other products.Full Answer >
Markings on a ring that indicate "14k HGE" mean the ring contains 14-karat gold in "heavy gold electroplate," which indicates that the gold is not pure or solid gold but is a covering for some other metal. Normally, this layer of gold has a thickness between 7 and 100 millionths of an inch. Gold that is not marked with HGE can be tested electronically to discover its purity.Full Answer >
The stamp PT is an abbreviation for platinum, and PT950 refers to the number of parts per thousand that are pure platinum. Platinum alloys are about 90 percent to 95 percent pure; therefore, a higher percentage of an item's weight is made up of the metal.Full Answer >
There is not a universally accepted or understood meaning to wearing a ring on the thumb. Spiritualists, however, assign each finger a name and a significance, and a thumb ring could indirectly relate to such beliefs.Full Answer >