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When buying a piece of jewellery, you need to read what is written and point out key areas and key facts, if these are missing then they are areas to pick up on and to question the seller about.

  1. The carat in gold will be; 9, 14, 18... etc/ The higher the better. There is also carat for the sizes, the weight of diamonds, and again the higher the better. The size of a diamond and the amount of pure gold in the ring or piece of jewellery has the big impact on its price and its quality and in terms of gold- its strength.

Below is in terms of gold crt(carats)

9ct gold contains 37.5% pure gold (375 parts per thousand parts).

14ct gold contains 58.5% pre gold (585 parts per thousand parts).

18ct gold contains 75% pure gold (750 parts per thousand parts).

The rest of the jellewerys metal with be made with a combination of alloys.

  2.     The weight of the item. This is used wen refering to bracelets, and chains- mainly for men, it is an indecation of how heavy the jewellery is in ounces or grams. For a bracelet, for a man an ounce (33g) may be a good weight, and will be more expensive than 13g of gold or bracelet. The weight tells you how big and chunky and less delicate the item will be. High weight and low price can indicate that you need to look into why the item is cheap or not selling, one reason is plating.

  3.     Plating is where a base metal is used and then another more precious metal like gold is plated/ placed ontop, so it looks solid but is infact not all gold. This is great for expensive looking jewellery at cheaper prices, but will not be as strong or everlasting, plating can mean that after wear and tear the top layers rub off and the less precious metal is revealed.

 4.     Items may look expensive and chunky, and the weight may be missing, so question the weight or ask if it is hollow. Sometimes bracelet links are made to be hollow, the shape made out of gold or silver or whatever in what looks like a solid form, but this hollow link of metal will easily dent and will weigh alot less than solid links.

 5.    Hallmarks and stamps are used by the makers as a mark. This can be used to identify the item more closely.

For 9ct gold the stamp will normally be either the number 375, 9ct, 9kt or 9K.

For 14ct gold the stamp will normally be either the number 417, 14ct, 14kt or 14K.

For 18ct gold the stamp will normally be either the number 750, 18ct, 18kt or 18K.

 6.    When buying you need to know also the length or size, to know if it will fit that particular body part you want to add the jewellery to. Sometimes jewelers for a fee can make items bigger or smaller, in watches or bracelets, links can be removed and rings can be made smaller, so either get the exact size or something bigger- it is easier to take than add, although with rings, making the ring smaller can  move or displace the clasps, diamonds or any design on the ring. Try to get measurements from the sellers and go to the jewellers or try to measure yourself the part of the body you are decorating. Taking a ring or piece of jewellery that fits perfectly to measure is usually a good idea.

 7.   The colour of the metal and the price. Rose, white and yellow gold should all be hallmarked, but the mark does not indecate the colour, so if not photographed, ask the colour. Silver and stainless steel will be the same as white gold, however white gold is usually more grey and denser looking. Rhodium metal is expensive and many white gold items will be rhodium plated, this plating of expensive metals with other expensive metals is to preserve. Titanium and platinum are also other jewellery metals. With titanium used mainly in body piercing jellewery with stainless steel.

 8.   Another thing to think about is that if buying for others, some people are allergic to some particular metals, gold and more expensive purer metals are better than nickle based cheap jewellery.


Think about price, value for money, the purity, the weight, how impressive on the eye, the metals used, how solid and strong and long lasting the item will be and you will be able to quicky and sufficiently bag a bargain.

Want more for your money- ask for your money, how much you getting in carats, ounces, precious metal, and is it hollow or plated. ALSO will it fit, suit and be suitable!!!

Happy bidding.

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