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hey there,my gold necklace has a silver piece where it clips together that says 925 2/25 14k. but the necklace is suppose to be 14k gold, at the little store i got it at, the seller said its gold but the clasp is silver, the gold of the necklace doesnt say 14k anywhere, only the silver piece does. the only marking on the gold of it is the makers mark. does this sound like a gold platted necklace or just a few pieces being plated? im confused, i sent a pic too, please help thanks

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Joe,

Unfortunately I cannot read the markings from the photo. However, it does appear quite unusual to have this marking on that part next to the clasp and no quality mark on the necklace. Do you see the ends on the necklace? These are the folded over metal which is soldered to the end link. These are called chain "tags" or "ends".  Generally the markings for the necklace are on one of the end pieces.  A clasp may always be changed rather easily and the markings on the clasp may have no relationship to the metal quality of the chain itself.  The marking on the clasp attachment would be consistent with regulations requiring an item of two metals to have both metals indicated, including silver(925) and gold (14k).

If the attachment next to the clasp has simple fold or rolled over ends going to the clasp and to the chain, this is a sort or item used in lower end jewelry. Generally, for a gold necklace, there would NOT be a silver clasp and any attachment such as shown would be soldered closed. I get the impression this was fitted later and is not original for the necklace.

My recommendation is to go back to the store and ask that they can insure you that the necklace itself is indeed 14k gold and not a plate or gold filled item.

Joe, I do hope that helps.  God Bless and Peace for the new year.  Thomas.  

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Have a question about jewelry repair or working with precious metal jewelry and gemstones? For many years up to December 31, 2010, I was a working professional bench jeweler, involved everyday with setting stones in mountings, designing and making jewelry, repairing and limited custom manufacture. If you work with jewelry as a hobby or as a profession, I might be able to help. I deal with the retail business, not mass production. Ask privately if you wish. See the box for that: It keeps your question between us. Please DO NOT ask MAKER'S MARKS, but metal quality marks are fine to ask. Please DO NOT ask diamond prices. See a gemologist for that.

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I have extensive experience in design, service and making of jewelry. I deal mostly with precious metals and gemstones but work with many materials as needed and usable to create an artistic design. My experience also includes freelance photography and photographer of jewelry and similar items for a former employer and individuals. Design of custom items requires reading the desires of the client and being clear on what can be done within that framework...then fulfilling the transition of idea to reality. Effective communications is essential in a working designer/producer and customer relationship.

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Education is English/Physics! Started in human resources, to advertising, to jewelry...wow, what a road. I have had formal training in jewelry work and many shared experiences with top grade jewelers. We just never know were we will go or be. Follow your best, your dreams, with some discretion! Don't let the work tear up your body along the way as it has mine.

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