A ring that is marked "18KGE" is made of an unspecified metal that is electroplated with a thin layer of 18 karat gold. This electroplated layer differs from other gold covering in that the gold has been electrolytically deposited in a uniform manner.
Federal standards mandate that, in order to be labelled as gold electroplate, the gold must be at least seven millionths of an inch thick with a purity of at least 10K. Items that are thinner than this amount are generally labelled, "layered in 14K gold," although gold tone and gold wash are federally approved terms. Items with a thickness of 100 millionths of an inch are marked with "HGE," meaning heavy gold electroplate.Learn More
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 >
Jewelry that is rhodium-plated is coated with a thin layer of the precious metal rhodium to increase shine and prevent wear. Rhodium itself is too brittle and rare for use in jewelry-making, but works well as a plating material.Full Answer >
It is possible to clean a diamond ring using vinegar. Mix equal parts water and vinegar and soak the diamond ring for 10 to 15 minutes. Brush the ring using a soft brush before rinsing in plain water and dry immediately after cleaning.Full Answer >
Selling a diamond ring requires getting it appraised, deciding on a price and finding a buyer. The sale can be completed in less than one week.Full Answer >