Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/What is 969?


Jamie wrote at 2006-08-10 15:42:19
I was just doing a search for my ring with the exact same markings and found you.  I can tell you if you haven't done so yet, that when I had mine appraised I was told it was white gold.  I'm just curious where it was made.

Yvonne wrote at 2006-11-01 02:01:11

I currently have a ring that I wear every day on my right thumb that is said to have been my great grandmother's ring.  It, too, it stamped 14kt Wed Lok (written in cursive).  The ring is 5mm wide and the majority of the width is yellow gold.  However, the outside top and bottom edges are white gold with an "x" design all the way around the edge of the band.  It does not, however, have any other numbers stamped on or inside it.  This, unfortunately, is all I know about my ring.

Cathryn wrote at 2009-06-29 21:20:46

I also have a ring marked 14k Wed-Lok in script. It was my mothers (goes back to the 1970's when she purchased it at a pawn shop). It is a very wide, 10mm, band that has a gold woven look. It did have a cluster setting of diamonds but I had them removed and used in other jewelry. I had the two holes where the cluster was mounted filled with 14k. You can see them but not too obvious. I wear it frequently. I have a Golden Touch tester and this ring does test to be 14k.

LesMy wrote at 2010-02-08 03:08:14
The 969 I can not be sure of BUT I am fairly positive it is the end of a patent number. I'm guessing this is a vintage or antique ring. My engagement ring had the same Wed-Lok stamped inside and next to the 18K said Granat. I had a jeweler look at it closer and he was able to see more numbers than I could. It was a patent number. I did some research and found that Wed-Lok was a system of binding an engagement ring to wedding band. The wedding band had two prongs on it that fit into two holes on the engagement ring. They snapped and fit together so they wouldn't slide around without soldering the ring together. The man who developed the Wed-Lok system was named Granat. He and his brother immigrated from Russia and became jewelers in California in the 1920's. The Wed-Lok system was patented in 1932. The 14k is most likely the quality of white gold it is. White gold was commonly used in this era.

Trentdep wrote at 2012-04-30 17:54:37
969 refers to purity - European variety and is roughly 22k...

Chart can be found here :

In terms of white/yellow gold - there is no difference in value - all gold jewelry is going to have other metals blended for strength / realistic price points ( 14k vs 24k ).  They simply use specific other metals to create the white look.

And yes - white gold will turn yellow over time.

john wrote at 2016-05-20 02:08:39
969 is the purity of the gold, 999 being the purist 969 is a very high grade of gold, so anything with 969 is a very fine piece and great quality.

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