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Buying Jewelry

If plan on buying jewelry there are many factors in determing in what to buy and who to buy it from. The number one factor is selecting a reputibal source.

How To Choose A Online Jewelry Web site

The primary factors for choosing a online store are:

  • Buy from a legitimate jeweler.
  • Phone number that you can call in the event of a problem
  • It is a company with an office and long history
  • Weigh of the item are clearly stated on the site
  • 30 Day Return Policy
  • An independent Customer survey showing previous purchase history
  • Secure Web site for entering information
  • BBB (Better Business Bureau) member Recommended


When Gold Is Used as a Coating

There are various different terms used in the jewelry industry to describe gold plated jewelry some

example of there are.

  • 14k gold overlay
  • 14k gold bonded
  • 14k gold filled
  • Vermeil


These items are other metals cover with a very thin layer of gold. The items are not considered SOLID GOLD therefore the weight of this item is irrelevant.  Furthermore the value of this item is substantially less than solid gold item.


How Pure Is Your Gold Jewelry?

Chances are the ring on your finger is marked 18K, 14K, or 10K, with the K standing for karat, the system used to describe the percentage of pure gold an item contains. The higher the karat number, the higher the percentage of gold in your gold jewelry.

  • 24K gold is pure gold.
  • 18K gold contains making it 75% gold.
  • 14K gold contains 58.3% gold.
  • 12K gold contains making it 50% gold.
  • 10K gold contains making it 41.7% gold.

10K gold is the minimum karat that can be called "gold" in the United States.

European Markings

European gold jewelry is marked with numbers that indicate their percentage of gold, such as:

  • 18K gold is marked 750 to indicate 75% gold
  • 14K gold is marked 585 for 58.5%
  • 10K gold is marked 417 for 41.7%


Sarraf Jewelry has a huge selection of chains in 14K and 18K white and yellow gold. Browse through our online catalog and you are sure to find something you will value.