What Does the Imprint "18k HGE" Mean on Gold?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 2, 2020 8:22:17 AM ET
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The imprint "18k HGE" on gold essentially means that the gold is costume jewelry with little or no value. "HGE" stands for "hard gold electroplated," which means the object is not solid 18 karat gold throughout. "18k" refers to the type of plating used on the outer surface of the object.

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