Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/gold markings


Hi, what does the GI stand for when something is marked 10kG.I.? Is it genuine 10k gold? Thanks

Dear Brenda, thanks for the question and I hope you are having a fine day.

The G.I. is likely the initials of the manufacturer.  It is not one of the Federally recognized marks for gold. The 10k is a recognized mark. The ring judging from the stamp should be 10K gold.  If you want to be totally certain there is not some sort of trickiness going on, you can have a jeweler test the gold.

Without the item in my hands, I cannot test it for absolute certainty of the metal quality.

God Bless and Peace.   Thomas.  

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