Post # 1
We just picked up my FI’s ring on Friday (it’s yellow gold). Upon closer inspection of the ring when we got home we noticed it was stamped with “750” which means 18kt gold.
We ordered the ring in 14kt yellow gold.
So now we’re wondering… Could the jeweler have accidentally used the wrong stamp? Or did he/she use the wrong type of gold?
If we bring this to a different (unbiased) jeweler could they confirm what karat gold this is without hurting the ring? It is hard to tell visually because his ring… even though marked as 18k is a lighter yellow than my 14k gold rings.
We don’t want to take it to our jeweler because we’re afraid if they made a mistake they’ll take the ring back and make it in the right karat gold but our wedding is coming up in a couple weeks and it took them a month to make this ring. Also if it is a stamping error, they may not want to admit they made that mistake.
I should note, that the first time his ring came in, it was done in WHITE gold. And they had to send it back and make it in yellow gold for us. So they have already made a mistake once.
Post # 3
Bring it to another jeweler and just ask. I guess they can tell without hurting the item.
Post # 4
@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
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
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
@MsGinkgo: That would be true for 22k but not 18k. 18k gold is still harder than platinum.
Post # 8
Interesting! Take it to another jeweler! Let us know!
Post # 9
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
@joya_aspera: Agreed. 18K is much more luxe looking and the standard in most places aside from the US.
Post # 11
Curious to know what happens. I say take it to another jeweler, and see their response.
Post # 12
Thanks for your comments everyone! We will be taking it this weekend to a different jeweler and I will let you all know how it goes.
@prettyinpink11: our jeweler is local/has stores just in our state and they do not make jewelery in house and have to order out for it.
If it really is 18kt, I’m gonna be jealous! haha. His ring is a very heavy/thick band. The 14kt gold price was $1100; so I wonder what it would have cost at 18kt. But I guess it makes up for me getting to have 2 pretty rings.
@almostmrsj: That is interesting about the color. I always assumed 18kt would be more yellow than 14kt. Thank you for the info!
Post # 13
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 # 14
So we took it to a different jeweler tonight and they seemed pretty confident it was 18kt gold. They took it behind the counter and put it on some sort of scale? I don’t know what they did exactly or how they figured it out.
We’ll probably take it to another jeweler at some point after the wedding and see what they say as well just to get another opinion.
Post # 15
@maganda: Awesome! Sounds like you got more than you paid for, but worse case, you got what you paid for! 🙂 I bet its gorgeous!