What does "18KT H.G.E" mean when it is stamped on a piece of gold?

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The 18kt H.G.E is an abbreviation for 18kt Heavy Gold Electroplate. An item advertised as HGE is electroplated. What this means is that a layer of gold has been applied to an otherwise base metal item. This is considered costume jewelry since it is not pure gold.
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