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I have this necklace that has 22KDM AND THE 22KDM IS BACKWARDS I SCRATCHED ON THE STONE WITH 10 ,14,18,22K ACID AND IT WAS CLEAR YOU COULD SEE THRU IT AND THE SCRATCHED GOLD WAS STILL THERE.IF THIS IS REAL GOLD WHY THE FUNNY MARKINGS.THANK YOU

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Sheila, my advice is to keep the acids off of gemstones. Most are not affeted but some might be damaged.

As for the mark being backwards, do you mean like in a mirror with backward letters? If that is the case, I have no way to explain it only the maker could tell us. If the mark is on a thin metal tag or a folded end soldered to the necklace, the gold would have been folded backwards and what you see is the backside of a stamp on thin metal.  If the marks are k22 that is acceptable and not so uncommon. I suspect the DM is the makers mark.

If unsure, have the necklace tested by a reputable jeweler.

God Bless and Peace.   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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