Why Is 585 Stamped on Jewelry?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 11:41:37 AM ET
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The number 585 is stamped on European gold jewelry to indicate that the jewelry contains 58.5 percent gold. This is comparable to the U.S. 14K marking that indicates that a piece contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more different metals, which means that it is 58.3 percent gold.