Carat Karat Gold…What those stamps and numbers mean.

Carat Karat Gold…What those stamps and numbers mean. Is it K or ct or just a 3 digit number? The ‘ct’ is interchangeable with ‘K’ for karat. I’m from Australia so we use ‘ct’ like most Commonwealth countries. The term KARAT refers to the fineness of gold. The word...

Cleaning / Polishing your Jewellery

A short word on the cleaning and polishing of gold jewellery. This is about solid gold and gemstone jewellery, not plated or costume pieces. It always amazes me how many people do not clean and polish their jewellery. As you wear your valuable pieces they accumulate...

Gold? Solid, Filled, Rolled, Plated? What do they mean?

As a pawnbroker and second-hand dealer I would like to share some of my experiences in handling gold with you. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what various forms of plating and marks actually mean. These terms are used by many without a real understanding...

The Cause of Colour in Gems

This was an assignment I did for my Year 2 Theory in Gemmology (GAA). It seems a shame to waste it so for your interest and education I thought you might like a read… At first glance the thing you notice about a gem is its colour then other things become...

Carat Karat Gold: What those stamps and numbers mean

Is it K or ct or just a 3 digit number? The ‘ct’ is interchangeable with ‘K’ for karat. I’m from Australia so we use ‘ct’ like most Commonwealth countries. The term KARAT refers to the fineness of gold. The word CARAT usually refers to a weight, generally for...