How does your jewelry stack up? Gold vs. Gold Plated
We all love our gold jewelry, but did you know that pure gold is rarely ever used to make jewelry? Read below to find out why and how to tell the difference between gold and gold plated jewelry.
Why isn’t jewelry made from pure gold?
It’s actually much too soft in its pure form, so it would never hold up to daily use.
Then what is my gold jewelry made from?
It’s probably made from a gold alloy: a combination of two metals.
24K Gold = pure gold
18K Gold = 75% gold
12K Gold = 50% gold
9K Gold = 33% gold
What does gold plated mean?
Gold plated refers to jewelry that is made from a base metal with a very thin layer of gold applied on top
Is gold plated less valuable?
Yes, the gold layer can usually be removed very easily.
How can I tell if my jewelry is gold plated?
Gold plated jewelry should have 1 of 5 markings on it: KGP, GEP, RGP, HGE, or HGP
If you can’t find the marking, check to see if there is an area of discoloration where the gold appears to be wearing off
To know for sure, you can bring your piece to a jewelry store to have an acid test done