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What are some common jewelry manufacturer marks?

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Some common jewelry marks are metal stamps, which indicate the purity of the metal used in a piece of jewelry, and manufacturer or designer logos. Jewelry marks are used to provide information about pieces of jewelry.

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Typically, the most important jewelry mark is the metal stamp. This identifies what kinds of metals are used in a piece of jewelry as well as the weight. A common metal stamp is "14k," which stands for "14-karat gold."

Another common mark is the name of the manufacturer, jeweler or designer. For example, a piece of jewelry designed by famous designer David Yurman is stamped "© D.Y." Jewelry marks also indicate if pieces of jewelry use trademarked gems. For example, a ring studded with a Hearts On Fire diamond would have a "HOF" stamp.

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