Buying Gold Jewellery, 3 Things You Shou

Buying Gold Jewellery, 3 Things You Shou

Posted in News by Mallard Jewellers on January 10th 2019
When purchasing an item of quality jewellery, it’s important to do your research, this includes the material which the jewellery is crafted. Jewellery can be made from a wide variety of different materials including precious metals and even some species of wood.

One very popular material for numerous different items of jewellery is gold, with a variety of items to choose from on both the new and pre-owned markets. However, before you purchase an item of gold jewellery such as a second hand gold chain or a new gold ring, there are a few things you should know.

Purchasing Second Hand Gold, 3 Things You Should Know

1. Understand The Carat System
Gold is measured in 24ths. This means that 24 carat gold is 100% gold. 

In order to work out other carats and their percentage, simply divide the number by 24 and multiply it by 100. For example, 18 carat gold is 75% pure gold. Some types of jewellery add other metals to the gold in order to change the colour; some examples of metals mixed into the gold are white gold with silver or rose gold with copper, this will also result in a lower carat. This means that 14 carat rose gold might be 14 parts pure gold and 10 parts copper (or another alloy). In the United Kingdom, one of the most popular carats for jewellery is 9 carat; however across the pond in the US the most popular variant is 14 carat.

The variety of carats can provide shoppers searching second-hand collections with a wide range of options depending on the original market intended for the item. For example, a gold chain intended for the US market may be 14ct, whereas one intended for the UK market may be 9ct.

Additionally, it’s also important to note that 18 carat gold is the ideal choice for anyone suffering from allergies as this level of gold purity does not cause allergic skin reactions.

2. Check For A Hallmark
When shopping for gold jewellery, it is very important that you check for the appropriate hallmarks. Jewellery may be gold plated with 18 carat gold, however the material underneath is left a mystery. So if you’re searching for a valuable gold item of jewellery, make sure the relevant hallmarks are also present.

With regards to gold, the hallmarks to look out for are 375 (9ct), 585 (13ct), 750 (18ct), 916 (22ct), and 990 (24ct).

3. Know The Difference Between Gold, Gold Filled, And Vermeil
There are numerous things to watch out for when searching for gold jewellery. Some items of gold jewellery may include gold in the piece, but also include other materials.

An example of jewellery that includes gold and different type of metal is jewellery material known as vermeil. Vermeil is sterling silver which has been coated with at least 1.5 microns of gold at least 10carat or higher. This material will be hallmarked to display the metals used. Materials such as vermeil are a good option for those searching for stylish gold coloured jewellery at a lower price.

However, vermeil isn’t the only source of confusion for those new to gold jewellery and hallmarks. Gold filled jewellery can also cause some confusion. This style of jewellery contains a layer of gold which is attached to another metal (e.g. brass).

An item of gold filled jewellery will have a mark to identify its carat, which is displayed as a fraction out of 20 (as gold filled items must be made up of one fifth gold). For example, 14 carat gold filled jewellery will be marked as 14/20. As such, it is very important to remember that a gold filled markings are not hallmarks and as such you should not confuse 14ct gold filled jewellery with 14ct gold jewellery.

Find The Ideal Gold Chain On The Mallard Jewellers Online Store

Gold chains are a popular item of jewellery worn by men and women of various different ages. They can be subtle chains with little or no decoration, or alternatively they can be very ‘fancy’ pieces displaying patterns or perhaps even a pendant. 



Second hand collections of gold jewellery are the ideal place to find gifts for loved ones who appreciate vintage styles of jewellery. When searching through new items, you’re restricted to styles and trends of what is currently fashionable. However, with second hand and pre-owned collections of jewellery, you can browse through pieces which in beautiful vintages styles such as the scalloped Art Nouveau designs of the 1910s or the ultra-feminine glamour style of the 1950s.

For More Information Regarding Our Collection Of Second Hand Gold Chains, Get In Touch With Our Team

Interested in purchasing a second hand gold chain form our online store or have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff by giving us a call on 01268 534 343.

However, if you would prefer to browse through our range of second hand jewellery and ask your questions to our team in person, please visit your local Mallard Jewellers branch. There are numerous Mallard Jewellers branches to choose from with locations such as Southend-On-Sea, Leicester, and Peterborough. You can discover the location of your local Mallard Jewellers branch by clicking the ‘Our Stores’ link at the top of this page. This page also contains information about the address, contact information, and opening times of your local branch.

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