24 karat gold defines as pure gold, and the color is original yellow. It is soft and lacks the durability to endure the wear and tear of everyday use. Hence, pure gold is not favorable for making jewelry items.

It is bonded with other less expensive metals like nickel or copper in an alloy to provide the durability and workability of fused metal. The stamps and letters on gold are called hallmarks that denote its purity and fineness.

The alloy involves composition or parts/thousand marks that denote how many thousandths of the gold alloy are actually pure gold. The lesser gold configuration in jewelry is classified as 10k, 14k, 18, and 22k according to the alloyed material. 

The 825 stamps on jewelry mean that out of 1000 parts, the product consists of 825 pure gold content in its configuration. In other words, 82.5% of the jewelry’s total weight contains real gold, which is also termed 19karat.

Is 825 silver real?

Yes, 825 silver is real as it contains 82.5% authentic silver content. It is sometimes also termed European or continental silver. 825 stamp silver on an item indicates that it is made from 82.5% silver.

925 sterling silver means that 925 out of 1000 sheets are fine silver content, and the remaining is alloyed with other metals.

925 silver stands for 92.5% silver composition, and the rest 7.5 consists of alloys, like nickel and copper, to increase the durability of the metal.

However, 825 silver is less valuable than sterling which is 92.5% pure silver, but it holds some value.

Can white gold be marked 825?

Just like karat represents the gold composition of yellow and rose gold and is denoted by K, it symbolizes white gold as well. 

White gold is basically yellow gold and can be marked 825 to offer jewelry items the authentication of real gold. Its color turns white when gold is bonded with an alloy such as nickel, palladium, platinum, and silver.

825 is a lesser-known hallmark sign for gold, and this version of white gold is relatively softer and scratch-resistant than 18k white gold. So, 825 white gold jewelry needs care when you are likely to come in contact with hard surfaces.

In this case, rhodium plating offers white gold more durability and workability for everyday use.

What does 825 mean in a ring?

Once you are sure that the real content and source of the ring is not China-made, then stamp 825 in the ring denotes real gold. The reason is that China does not adhere to the ancient hallmarking system of gold and silver jewelry.

Stamp 825 on a ring defines its purity as 19 karats meaning 82.5 percent of its total weight is pure gold.


Karat defines the gold composition in a jewelry product, and 14 k denotes pure gold. 825 stamp illustrates the composition of gold and silver in an item.

825 silver means the silver content is 82.5% of the total weight. It is real silver but less valuable than sterling silver.

825 stamp on white gold denotes the content of pure gold alloyed with other metals like copper, nickel, and silver. It is less durable, but rhodium plating provides resilience for daily wear and tear.

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