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.Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Jewelry & Watches
Make a sterling silver cleaner by placing the jewelry in a nonreactive bowl lined with a piece of aluminum foil and then pouring a solution of baking soda, salt and hot water into the bowl. Once the tarnish disappears, rinse the jewelry in cool water, and discard the solution.Full Answer >
The stamp inside a ring, bracelet or other piece of jewelry is used by the manufacturer to indicate the manufacturer's or designer's name, the metal purity and type. Called hallmarks or assay marks, there are a very large number but in terms of valuation, the most important deal with metal type and purity.Full Answer >
To clean sterling silver jewelry, rub it with a soft toothbrush sprayed with glass cleaner, apply sterling silver jewelry polish, buff the jewelry with a soft cloth, and store it in a jewelry pouch. This 15-minute process requires a toothbrush, glass cleaner, sterling silver jewelry polish, two cloths and a jewelry pouch.Full Answer >
Companies that offer free sterling silver jewelry catalogs include .925 Silver, MMA International and Nature's Jewelry as of 2015. Customers may obtain catalogs from these companies by visiting their websites.Full Answer >