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What are some of the most common maker's marks on gold jewelry?

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Common maker's marks on gold jewelry usually include the company's name or initials with a symbol and country's origin. A maker's mark can be determined by inspecting the jewelry with a jeweler's loupe and the combination of name and symbol can be looked up in an online database such as the one found on LangAntiques.com.

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Jewelry hallmarks and maker's marks refer to symbols that can determine the maker, age, origin and value of a piece of gold jewelry. Maker's marks are also common in clocks and sterling silver items. Common examples include Cartier, whose maker's mark is the company name written in script with a karat hallmark and Arabic numerals. Tiffany & Company marks its jewelry with the company's name in all capital block lettering and a metal hallmark.

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