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February 9, 2021
It’s actually much too soft in its pure form, so it would never hold up to daily use.
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
Gold plated refers to jewelry that is made from a base metal with a very thin layer of gold applied on top
Yes, the gold layer can usually be removed very easily.
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