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Old 15-11-2010, 19:43
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Bought a pendant from one of those gold shops and it only says 10 km on the hoop of the pendant. It also smells a bit metal-ly but the woman told me they cant sell anything that isnt gold. So what is it?
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Old 15-11-2010, 19:48
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It means it's poorly marked. 10K or more rarely 10Kt means it is 10/24 gold, roughly 41.6% gold.
10K is is minimum purity for gold jewellery.
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Old 15-11-2010, 19:49
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You'd have to be a bit more specific about the actual lettering for anyone to know for sure! An uneducated guess of mine would be that its 10k (10 karats <- US spelling), with the m being a manufacturers mark?
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Old 15-11-2010, 19:49
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I kbow, i read that. I just wondered if there were any other answers ;(
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Old 15-11-2010, 19:51
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It looks just like this 10KM all same size
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Old 15-11-2010, 19:59
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Anyone else ?
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Old 15-11-2010, 20:14
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I kbow, i read that. I just wondered if there were any other answers ;(
You already had an answer though?

I don't understand people who ask questions on here and then ignore a blatantly correct answer.. as if they are in fantasy land and just expect a different answer to come along.

It means whatever it is is at the minimum purity level, 10K, as previously mentioned. What more do you want it to mean?
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Old 15-11-2010, 20:16
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I kbow, i read that. I just wondered if there were any other answers ;(
So you "know that", what other answer could you be expecting?
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Old 15-11-2010, 20:21
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I've been officially told off lol. Its fine I guess the gold is just shite then, oh well .
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Old 16-11-2010, 01:15
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I've been officially told off lol. Its fine I guess the gold is just shite then, oh well .
No, it doesn't mean it's not good. Minimum purity in UK is 9 carat, so yours is a little higher! There's lots of 9 carat gold about too, the most popular I would say, as it's good value and keeps it's shine.
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Old 16-11-2010, 11:03
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All pecious metals sold in the UK MUST have a hallmark (over a minimum weight) 10K or 10KM is not a hallmark nor is it a recognised fineness for gold. If this item has been sold as gold, the shop is breaking the law.
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Old 16-11-2010, 19:57
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All pecious metals sold in the UK MUST have a hallmark (over a minimum weight) 10K or 10KM is not a hallmark nor is it a recognised fineness for gold. If this item has been sold as gold, the shop is breaking the law.
See. No-one came up with that answer did they?? Thank you hanndav. I do quite like it but now im having second thoughts.
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Old 16-11-2010, 20:12
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All pecious metals sold in the UK MUST have a hallmark (over a minimum weight) 10K or 10KM is not a hallmark nor is it a recognised fineness for gold. If this item has been sold as gold, the shop is breaking the law.
10K IS a standard hallmark. The American way of spelling carat is KARAT, thus it is abbreviated to K. Do you really think that they smelt the ring, and make a new ring because of a hallmark?
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Old 16-11-2010, 20:15
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10K IS a standard hallmark. The American way of spelling carat is KARAT, thus it is abbreviated to K.
It doesnt explain the 'm'. I didnt mention the pendant is a counterfeit designer logo.
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Old 16-11-2010, 20:16
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If it's counterfeit, then you have your answer immediately, it's probably been stamped like that by whoever made it to make it seem real to the American market. It's almost certainly fake gold.
If you're in any doubt, you could take it to a reputable jeweller and ask them whether they think it's real or not.
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Old 16-11-2010, 20:24
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If it's counterfeit, then you have your answer immediately, it's probably been stamped like that by whoever made it to make it seem real to the American market. It's almost certainly fake gold.
If you're in any doubt, you could take it to a reputable jeweller and ask them whether they think it's real or not.
Yeah. Theres a jeweller nearby so might ask them. Or just go and get a refund since if i mention its illegal they wont ask questions lol. Thanks everyone
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Old 16-11-2010, 20:34
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So the pendant is a fake designer logo?

That makes it illegal to sell as it is, whether or not it is real gold.

don't suppose you will divulge how much you paid for it, will you?
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Old 16-11-2010, 20:40
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So the pendant is a fake designer logo?

That makes it illegal to sell as it is, whether or not it is real gold.

don't suppose you will divulge how much you paid for it, will you?
Nahi dont mind. It was 17.
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Old 16-11-2010, 21:55
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Hmm I'm having second thoughts. I tried that test where you rub jewellery against unglazed pottery to see if it leaves a gold streak, if it does it's gold and there is a gold streak. Does this mean it's real?

Edit: ah, but the ring for the pendant leaves a black mark. Screw it, I'm just going to take the thing back.
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Old 17-11-2010, 00:38
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10K IS a standard hallmark. The American way of spelling carat is KARAT, thus it is abbreviated to K. Do you really think that they smelt the ring, and make a new ring because of a hallmark?
You're wrong. Try going to a jewellers that pawns gold with something that isn't UK hallmarked or doesn't meet the Hallmarking Act and they will tell you they can't take it. I know this because I tried to pawn a gold bracelet that was purchased in America years ago and they said they couldn't possibly pawn it as they wouldn't be able to sell it if I didn't make the repayment.
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Old 17-11-2010, 10:36
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You're wrong. Try going to a jewellers that pawns gold with something that isn't UK hallmarked or doesn't meet the Hallmarking Act and they will tell you they can't take it. I know this because I tried to pawn a gold bracelet that was purchased in America years ago and they said they couldn't possibly pawn it as they wouldn't be able to sell it if I didn't make the repayment.
UPDATE: Spoke to them, they said because I signed their little contract thing it says no refunds or exchanges. They said they could sell 10 ct gold, I said I thought it was only supposed to be in 9,22,24 etc but they said it was okay. He said the M must be a date letter but on the poster for the hallmarks it was a small m not a capital M. I'm basically fuming because I'm sure you guys are right in that it's not allowed but if I can't prove it then I'm stuffed. I'm going to upload a picture of the hallmark shortly.
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Old 17-11-2010, 10:40
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Old 17-11-2010, 10:48
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When you say "it was 17" I take it you mean 17? You already knew it was counterfeit so what exactly were you expecting it to be made of for that money?

I don't see what the problem is - if you like it then why are you thinking about taking it back?
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Old 17-11-2010, 10:49
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When you say "it was 17" I take it you mean 17? You already knew it was counterfeit so what exactly were you expecting it to be made of for that money?

I don't see what the problem is - if you like it then why are you thinking about taking it back?
Even if it was counterfeit it should still be made of something espicially if a pawn shop is selling it. Counterfeit or no counterfeit.
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Old 17-11-2010, 10:53
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Even if it was counterfeit it should still be made of something espicially if a pawn shop is selling it. Counterfeit or no counterfeit.
Its made from 10K gold - which you were perfectly happy with when you brought it not actually knowing what it meant!
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