Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/Metal marking?


I acquired this ring from my grandmother and was told it was her grandmothers wedding ring. I believe it's from 1915 give or take but I can't seem to figure out what kind of metal it is. It has the markings CB14k or CR14k stamped inside, hard to tell which from wear. It's total carat weight is 10.50. Can you be of any help?

Ashley, the important mark is the 14k.  Thr letters are likely maker's marks. From the stamp, the ring should be 14k gold.  A jeweler should be able to test the metal for you.  As for age, I have no way of knowing accurately from long distance!  Many modern rings are made in these attractive older styles and that confuses the age issue. The history of the ring would be the "provenance" used by an antiques dealer to help establish date and if family history is accurate you should be able to date the ring within a reasonable time period.

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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