My find for the day - And I don't even know where it came from

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Well-Known Member

    I got several jewelry lots this week. On Saturday, I was sorting through a junk jewelry lot and an earring lot. I looked down and saw this ring on the floor; it must have slipped out of one of the lots. I almost threw it back into the junk jewelry pile, but I decided to loupe it first.

    Sure enough it's marked 18k with a left facing full lion (can't tell though if he's standing or laying down" and the letter "B".

    I have no idea where it came from. The junk jewelry lot didn't have a shred of gold or silver, so I think the seller was pretty thorough on checking things out.

    Any thoughts on where it's from? I'm usually fairly good at researching costume jewelry marks, but European marks give me agida.

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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  3. Well-Known Member

    Do I sense some hesitation? LOL.

    Going to look up Birks right now. :)
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I'm used to Birks sterling items.....I've had little exposure to their gold....
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    I was thinking of European because of the lion.

    Looking at the European marks briefly, I'd like to know just what is up with all these lion marks - standing, laying, left facing, right facing, one paw up, all paws down. Are there no other species they could have used?
  6. yourturntoloveit

    yourturntoloveit Well-Known Member

    I'm just kidding you a bit, . . . but you seem to have left out a few "(future???) possibilities" for the lion mark(s) -- tail over back, tail to left, tail to right, tail between legs, ears and/or tail cropped by a hyena . . . . ;) :rolleyes:
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    Doing the cha cha, standing on his head.....

  8. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    They used Leopards too !!!!!
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  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    The big clue that it's not European is the use of the letter K to denote caratage.
  10. rhiwfield

    rhiwfield Well-Known Member

    Have you tested it to see if it is genuine?
  11. Well-Known Member

    Not yet but I will today.

    The stamping is a bit loppy, so I wondered that myself.
  12. Well-Known Member

    Ugh, so sorry for anyone that looked for this mark for me! It does not test as 18k.

    It should have been the first thing that I did, but usually the fakes I get are just stamped with the metal purity, no maker's mark or assay mark, so I thought it might be the real deal.

    I knew that Europe marks their gold "c" for carat, but I thought I had read somewhere that some countries use a "k".

    Again, so sorry if anyone took time to look for it. :wanders off to kick myself:

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  13. 42Skeezix

    42Skeezix Moderator Moderator

    i'm glad you posted.
    There is something to be learned from every thread.
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