Vintage Gold Jewellery A Buyers Guide

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Vintage Gold Jewellery A Buyers Guide

Vintage gold jewellery remains popular despite its age, and these vintage gold pieces can significantly transform the look of an outfit or prove to be a good investment. It is recognised for its uniqueness of design and quality of material. Whether looking for a ring, watch, brooch, necklace, bracelet, or earrings, any vintage gold jewellery is sure to have heads turning.


Besides yellow, vintage gold jewellery comes in white, rose, or designer colours, such as brown, green, and blue, although these colours are often reserved for decorative accents. Coloured gold contains a mix of gold, silver, and copper in different ratios. The absence of copper creates green gold, while the absence of silver leads to the formation of pink and red gold. Moreover, the addition of rhodium, chromium, ruthenium, or cobalt can create black gold; however, it is highly susceptible to scratches and fades with time.



The karats reflect the purity and ultimately the value of the piece. Pure gold, which is 24 karat gold, is typically never used in the formation of jewellery, as its composition is too malleable. To improve durability, gold is mixed with other metal alloys.


Manufacturers are required to label gold jewellery with the correct karats or marks of indication. This engraving is generally located in a non-visible location of the piece. When searching for vintage gold jewellery, make sure to familiarise oneself with the various marks and their meanings.


Mark of Indication



22K, 916, 917

91.6 per cent pure gold or 22 parts pure gold out of 24


18K, 750, 18KP

75 per cent pure gold or 18 parts pure gold out of 24


14K, 585, 14KP

53.8 per cent pure gold or 14 parts pure gold out of 24


10K, 417, 16, 10KP

41.6 per cent pure gold or 10 parts pure gold out of 24



As karat count decreases, the durability of the jewellery increases; 10 to 14 karat gold is recommended for everyday wear. From an investment perspective, however, vintage gold jewellery in higher karat counts is worth more due to the higher gold content.



Look for chips or cracks in the enamel, or other flaws, such as rust, discolouration, bumps, or holes, in the surface of the gold pieces. Unlike scratches, these imperfections are irreparable.

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