What does this mean on the back of a gold necklace?
I have a gold necklace, and Im not sure of its value. Trying to figure out if its gold plated (most likely) or something better. Its a small gold cross and the markings on the back say "14k8F" and the next line says "PPC". The chain itself seems to have similar markings on the clasp. I found out that PPC stands for Princess Pride Creations out of Chicago, IL. and are the maker of this necklace. And of course 14K is the purity of the gold used. What is 8F?
- Anonymous7 years agoBest Answer
Generally an "f" would refer to a gold-filled piece. The necklace may be 8K (.333) filled.
Princess Pride Creations manufactured costume jewelry and that would likely mean that the necklace is gold-filled or gold-plated. It's possible it's gold but only .333.
Trademark info re: Princess Pride Creations:
On Tuesday, April 20, 1965, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for PRINCESS PRIDE CREATIONS by MEDICATED PRODUCTS CO., . The USPTO has given the PRINCESS PRIDE CREATIONS trademark serial number of 72216964. The current federal status of this trademark filing is EXPIRED. The correspondent listed for PRINCESS PRIDE CREATIONS is ? of *****, *****, ***** ***** . The PRINCESS PRIDE CREATIONS trademark is filed in the category of Toys and Sporting Goods Products . The description provided to the USPTO for PRINCESS PRIDE CREATIONS is COSTUME JEWELRY CONSISTING OF NECKLACES, EARRINGS, BRACELETS, AND SETS THEREOF.
Costume Jewelry marks-identifying costume jewelry:
K = Karat (example: 14k)
KT = Karat ( example: 14kt)
KP = Karat Plumb (example: 14kp)
.333 = 8K
.375 = 9K
.500 = 12K
.583 = 14K
.585 = 14K
.625 = 15K
.667 = 16K
.750 = 18K
.833 = 20K
.875 = 21K
.917 = 22K
.958 = 23K
.999 = 24K
Below are some of the most common markings for items of NO real value. These markings are considered costume jewelry.
GF = Gold Filled (example 14k GF)
GS = Gold Shell (example 14k GS)
HGE= Heavy Gold Electroplate (example 14k HGE)
1/5 = 1 part gold to every 5 parts not gold (example 1/5 14k)
1/10 = 1 part gold to every 10 parts not gold (example 1/10 14k)
1/20 = 1 part gold to every 20 parts not gold (example 1/20 14k)
1/30 = 1 part gold to every 30 parts not gold (example 1/30 14k)
1/40= 1 part gold to every 40 parts not gold (example 1/40 14k)
Some jewelry may have additional markings which are referred to as the makers mark. These marks are typically stamped by the jeweler so that the origin of the item can be found. For example 14k JD or JD 14k could mean the item is 14k gold and the maker's name is John Doe. The makers mark is not limited to just first and last initials and can be any mark the jeweler decides to use including symbols.
Contacting a place that buys and sells gold (there are thousands of them) would be the very best way to determine what the hallmark(s) mean. Even if you aren't interested in selling it, you can at least get a fairly accurate assessment. If it's an interesting piece and in good condition, you ma want to look into eBay and other 3rd party sellers, to see what other similar pieces are going for. Here is an example of a rhinestone jewelry set (vintage) from Princess Pride Creations, being sold as a set on eBay. Lots of people are interested in vintage costume jewelry.
Princess Pride Creations jewelry, inc. information:
Understanding gold markings
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