Jeweler mistake… gave us 18kt gold instead of 14kt

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
299 posts
Helper bee

Bring it to another jeweler and just ask. I guess they can tell without hurting the item.

Post # 4
3407 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@maganda:  where have you been ordering it from? It doesn’t sound like the jeweler does the work in house. I know there is a few different ways to test gold for pureness and I don’t believe they would harm the ring. Another jeweler should be able to confirm it, but you’ll probably have  to keep the ring as they probably would not admit their mistake. 18K gold should be more yellow than 14k but I have two yellow gold  rings both 14K and their coloring is slightly different so using color to determine is probably difficult. 

Post # 5
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes, they can confirm it. It will not harm the ring to do so.

Note though that the stamp can be wrong, and sometimes pieces are not stamped at all. These things happen. 18k yellow is my personal favorite though. It is not necessarily yellower (brassier) than 14k, in fact depending on the alloy 14k can be really brassy/yellow, but what 18k has is more “depth”. There is a flatness, or dullnesss, to the tone of 14k you shouldn’t see in the 18k. If you compare with a 14k piece you should not look for comparative yellowness, but rather the richness of the tone. It just looks more “gold (the material) like,” but not because it is more “golden” (yellow) necessarily.

Post # 6
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

a good jeweller should be able to confirm.  I didn’t think 18k was recommended for rings b/c it’s softer and therefore damages more easily.

Post # 7
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

@MsGinkgo:  That would be true for 22k but not 18k. 18k gold is still harder than platinum.

Post # 8
572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Interesting! Take it to another jeweler! Let us know! 

Post # 9
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

18k usually is a little bit lighter than 14k.  I love 18k gold (my wedding set is 18k yellow gold) – lucky you! 

Also – when my wedding band came in first it was stamped wrong, so it can happen.  Mine was 18k and was stamped 14k.  It was slightly darker than my 18k engagement ring so I had them re-make it anyway.  Because… it’s not the same color and it says it’s 14k but I paid for 18k… I don’t believe you, do it again and make it match.

Post # 10
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@joya_aspera:  Agreed. 18K is much more luxe looking and the standard in most places aside from the US.

Post # 11
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Curious to know what happens. I say take it to another jeweler, and see their response.

Post # 13
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2002

You might be able to decide yourself.  If you have any other 14k gold to compare it to, the 18k will look more green than the 14k. On the flip side, the 14k will have a little more red than 18k.  They will still look yellow, but you’ll see those undertones.  If the band looks just like the 14k you compare it to, then the jewelry probably stamped it wrong. 

Post # 15
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@maganda:  Awesome!  Sounds like you got more than you paid for, but worse case, you got what you paid for! 🙂 I bet its gorgeous!

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