375 gold is a type of gold that is common with inexpensive jewelry items. It can be found in chains, rings, and earrings. Below we'll provide more detail about this gold type and how much it can be worth.
What Is 375 Gold?
375 gold is real gold with a low purity. The number 375 refers to its level of purity, and it means that your item is 37.5% gold and 62.5% alloy. This number system is an easy way to tell an item's purity. Another example is 917 gold which is equal to 91.7% gold. 375 gold is the same as 9k gold.
The advantage for this type of gold is that it's more durable and more affordable than the higher purity alternatives. This is because it contains 62.5% alloy. One disadvantage is that it won't be as shiny as the higher purity types. Another potential disadvantage is that high alloy content can irritate skin for some individuals.
How to Find Markings
Markings are easy to spot for any type of gold piece. You should clearly see the number 375 or 9k engraved on the piece. On jewelry the number may be small and concealed, but it should still be visible.
You may encounter some other markings on your gold jewelry. Some pieces may not be solid 375 gold. An item labeled "G.P" is gold-plated. Similarly, jewelry labeled "G.F" is gold filled, which essentially means that it has a thicker layer of gold-plating.
The Value of Your 375 Gold
In order to get the melt value of your 375 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 375 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 a few different types of purities. Below we will review three alternatives to 375 gold.
417 gold is similar to 375 gold. The only difference is that 417 gold has 11.2% more gold content, so therefore it's more pure and less durable. It's also more expensive.
500 gold, also known as 12k gold, has one-third more gold content. Therefore it's more pure, less durable, and more expensive.
583 gold, also known as 14k gold, has 55.47% more gold content. This makes it more pure, less durable, and more expensive.