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I have what looks like a hand-crafted 22ct gold bangle of simple form and would like to know a couple if things:
If it wasn't for the 22CT mark, It has all the makings of a Saxon bangle LOL (Yes I know wishful thinking)
1) Does anyone know when the stamp '22CT' would have first been used.
2) Does anyone recognise the two symbols on the bangle, and or could guess at the bangles origin.
Here's a few photos.
1932 to 1973 seem to be important clues to when your ring may have been made or assayed, in UK. Your ring doesn't seem to have the shaved off rectangular shape required for indicating GOLD in UK standards for that time though, so I'm not sure what that means. But basically a full scale "hallmark" seemed to be the requirement up until 1798, after that we get a bit of a mis-mash.
There are all sorts of "exemptions" and many seem to be by weight. I wonder to, if a piece is imported, say from Asia or elsewhere if it would still need the full hallmarking. Also, I'm not entirely sure what they mean by "hallmark" by today's standards? Ie - do you need a full 5-6 character mark, or simply the correct CT mark? Anyways, I'll wish you good luck, lol Here is the best info I could find:https://www.cooksongold.com/blog/jewellery-tips/do-you-need-to-hall...
Thanks for the information, I am also not sure that it was made in the UK due to the rectangle not having shaved edges.
The bangle (not ring) is very naively made, as you can see where it is crudely joined in one of the photos.
I just wonder where and when it might have been made, and the fact that 22ct gold (Tested) was used in its manufacture (High percent gold for a crudely made bangle)
Anyone know it the symbols represent anything?
This is not very good news but answers your question re: 22ct. Found the following when I googled "22ct mark".
"This was first introduced in 1798 and can now been seen on all UK hallmarked gold that's 9, 14 18 and 22ct."
To determine purity divide 22 by 24 = .9167 (91.67%)
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