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I bought a ring for $10... It is beautiful, and when I looked on the inside of it, it reads " 14KT GE TAIWANEI or E1 then CC. I have never seen a marking such as this. Can you help me to find out what it stands for?

Dear Brooke,

Do you see any "wrinkle" looking areas on the band section or areas where the metal is darker than other place?  Look mostly on edges and on ends of prong tips.  You are looking for signs of an electroplated surface.  I may be totally wrong here but suspect the GE refers to gold electroplate.

It is a pretty ring.  I would need to have it in hand to test and to examine any gems to see if the final letters of the mark could refer to the stones. Other than that, I do not know what the E1 and CC mean. These could be proprietary markings from the manufacturer.  

If it is plated, everyday wear will limit the useful life of the ring. Be gentle with it and you should able to enjoy this $10 find for a good season. A jeweler should be able to check the ring to see it is indeed 14k or is plated with a layer of 14k gold.

God Bless and Peace.  Thomas.

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