15k gold is a type of gold that is found in some antique jewelry items such as bracelets, rings, and earrings. Below we'll provide more detail about this gold type and how much it can be worth.
What Is 15K Gold?
15k gold is real gold with a moderately high level of purity. 15k refers to the gold's level of purity, and it means that your item is 15 karats out of a maximum of 24 karats. It's composed of 62.5% gold and 37.5% alloy. 15k gold is the same as 625 gold.
This type of gold was common during the Victorian era. In modern times 15k gold is hardly ever made. Instead, 14k gold or 18k gold are the standard options for this level of purity.
How to Find Markings
Markings or hallmarks are easy to spot for any type of gold piece. You should clearly see 15k or the number 625 engraved on the piece. On jewelry the number may be small and concealed, but it should still be visible.
The Value of Your 15K Gold
In order to get the melt value of your 15k gold piece, you'll need to multiply the total ounces of gold by the spot price of gold. We make this easy for you with our gold calculator. All you need to do is load up the calculator, select 15k from the purity dropdown box, enter the weight of your item, and then click the 'calculate' button.
It's always good to know the value of your gold item. If you were ever going to sell your item then you have a base price.
Gold items come in several different types of purities. Below we will review three similar alternatives to 15k gold.
14k gold is a popular choice for gold jewelry. It has 6.72% less gold content.
16k gold is a similar alternative although it's not easy to find. It has 6.72% more gold content.
18k gold, also known as 750 gold, is popular gold type in modern times. It has 20% more gold content. Therefore it's more pure, less durable, and more expensive. It also shines brighter due to the higher gold content.