I wondered this myself, so I did some research. Gold was originally discovered in Asia a very long time ago in it's purest form, .999% pure or 24KT. Gold made it's way via trade westward across the globe. In order to transport (transportation fees etc) the gold would be stepped and the actual purity would be lessened the farther West it came. IN India, the common gold is 22KT gold. The popular gold in Europe is 18kt as it is only 75% pure. By the time you get to the U.S., it is only 58.5% pure, which is 14KT and then gold made it's journey southward to this is why the most common gold in central and South America is 10KT. When figuring the value of gold, you have to again figure the purity, because the dollar value you see traded on Wall Street is for pure (24KT) gold. So if you have an item that is only 58.5% pure gold, then yo have to take that Wall Street Price and multiple it by .585 to compare values appropriately. I got most of this information from three sites. I will try to add their links
I have a bracelet marked 14kt g.s. that I found out is gold plated.
HGE is hard gold electroplate, so no it is not real gold. It is likely gold plate.
525 mark on gold means it contains .525% real gold. It is 14kt gold.
Yes. If it is indeed stamped 14kt. In Italy only 18kt gold can be sold, so anything less is for export only.
If you are referring to 14kt gold plating, then yes it will look like genuine 14kt gold. Gold plating is designed to produce the look of gold and it is very effective because it is a layer of real gold covering. There are a few ways you can determine if something is gold plated vs real, solid gold. #1: Use a magnet: Real gold is not magnetic. If your jewelry is attracted to the magnet, it is probably not real gold. #2: Do a visual inspection around the edges of the jewelry. If the jewelry has been worn a bit, the edges will usually wear the most. If the piece is merely gold plated, you will often see the underlying metal coming through.
You can tell if Mexican gold jewelry is real by looking for a stamp on the metal. Real gold will have 10 kt, 14kt, 18kt, 24kt stamped into it.
A 14kt gold necklace is worth about $70-$500 at the most!!!
the PG stands for Plated Gold - meaning the ring is not pure 14kt gold but made of another metal overlayed with 14kt gold