Most recently I received an email that my “Admirer” (yes I’m fond of him too) was spouting off some nonsensical jargon, and I should have a look. Read More »
Monthly archives for August, 2013
Most people in the US who buy their gold locally, or receive a piece of jewelry as a gift probably don’t give much thought to its quality because the US system for gold uses karats, i.e. 10k, 14k, 18k, etc. The number of karats equalling the gold purity.
Detectorists, however, frequently find gold jewelry from a variety of different countries, which can be confusing when trying to determine gold quality.
The European system for gold uses number designations which correspond to the percentage of gold content.
The following info may be helpful to you in determining the karatage of your foreign gold finds.
The European karat system for gold:
Number Karats % of Gold
333 8k 33.3%
375 9k 37.5%
417 10k 41.7%
500 12k 50%
585 14k 58.5%
750 18k 75%
875 21k 87.5%
917 22k 91.7%
999 24k 100%
(10k is marked “417” for 41.7% gold, 14k is marked “585” for 58.5% gold, etc…)
To determine karatage of a piece of jewelry, look for the quality mark. Pieces generally bear the stamp of their karatage based on the US or European system.
Note-Some antique jewelry may not have these marks, yet still be gold.
10 k is the lowest gold content that can be legally marked or sold as gold jewelry in the US.
9k is a popular karatage sold in England and other regions, and 8k is very popular in Germany.
Dave and I got skunked at a cellar hole on Saturday, while Todd was the envy of the day with a beautiful 1907 half dollar. Dave was pretty bummed on the way home, and it only seems fair that he made a comeback the Read More »
Got a chance to get out with Todd Hiltz again today. He was researching the site of an old cellar hole in my neck of the woods, and this being the last day of his vacation, he wanted to check it out.
We got off to a late start, heading out after noon. Thankfully the property wasn’t very far away, but the hike into the woods was a haul.
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Went out hunting again with Todd & Dave, who I have affectionately nicknamed the “Cellar Hole Junkies”, although I haven’t told them yet. Read More »
It was 3 a.m. this past Saturday morning, and the coffee was brewing as in my sleepy-went-to bed-at-11:30 p.m. stupor I was making final preparations for the day, re-checking my gear for a third time.
A quick check of the weather; in the 80’s today & humid. I decided to nix the camo gear for some baggy cotton trail pants, and made sure to pack extra water. Read More »
Bill Cameron is a bottle digger and collector, and a fellow member of the Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club out of Stamford, CT. He is also a very talented writer, and contributes his stories to the club Newsletter and my blog. Thank you Bill! Read More »
Oh woe is me, I am in Warsaw Wally’s dog house. I guess you just can’t please some people…ever. Read More »
I am not a habitual reader of the Portable Antiquity blog, because basically I think it is BS, so I wouldn’t have seen the lovely write up by Paul Barford about my photo on the recent cover of The Searcher Magazine if my pal Dick Stout didn’t bring it to my attention. You can read Barfords comments here.
My first response was to laugh really friggin’ hard. My second response was to comment on Barfords blog–He’s very selective in his approvals, so in case its not approved, here was my response:
“If you bothered to read, you would know the picture was submitted as a joke, and intended to look silly.
As for the pasture…haven’t seen a pasture in Connecticut since…um…never.
The photo was taken in my friends back yard, which the landscapers were late in mowing, but it proved to be a nice backdrop.”
Next, I responded to Dick:
“Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am officially scandalous.
I left him a comment, lets see if he approves it.
As amusing as it is, I have to wonder– is Barford bored or what???
Second only to childhood dreams of being a Princess, is it not every woman’s dream to be on the front cover of a magazine? Well… I have made my modeling debut on the cover of the September issue of The Searcher Magazine, sporting a neutral mismatching camouflage outfit designed by the US Military, and accessorized with my Etrac by Minelab. Read More »