What does a 925 stamp on gold jewelry mean?

What does a 925 stamp on gold jewelry mean?


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True gold jewelry does not have a 925 stamp on it, since a 925 stamp indicates that a piece of jewelry is made of genuine sterling silver. Gold is stamped with a K to indicate how many karats, or parts of gold, it contains.

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Silver is a very soft metal. Because it cannot be used in jewelry on its own, it is combined with metals such as copper to form alloys.

Only jewelry containing a minimum of 92.5 percent pure silver can be labeled as sterling. Genuine sterling jewelry is stamped with 92.5, .925, 925 or the word "Ster."

Jewelry can be gold-plated to give a lesser metal the look of gold.

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