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lennie wrote at 2011-02-24 09:32:45
Hi All

         .925 usally means Silver, sometimes a thin coating of Platinum 950 is put over the silver to make it more brighter and harder wearing, but as already stated Mexican Silver is sometimes marked 950 as a better quality of Silver.

Dee wrote at 2013-04-13 23:06:41
Japan identifies its pearl jewelry by using the K first and then 14, which represents 14k here in the US.  So more than likely your ring was made in Japan.  Look at Mikimoto pearls and Japanese pearls and you will see that they are all marked with the K first then the gold content.  

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