What Does the Marking "14k HGE" Mean on a Ring?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 11:20:01 PM ET
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Markings on a ring that indicate "14k HGE" mean the ring contains 14-karat gold in "heavy gold electroplate," which indicates that the gold is not pure or solid gold but is a covering for some other metal. Normally, this layer of gold has a thickness between 7 and 100 millionths of an inch. Gold that is not marked with HGE can be tested electronically to discover its purity.

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