Typical Gold Quality from Jewelries Made in Mexico

A 10K gold pendant made from Mexico often has similar quality as those jewelries being made in China. They're often considered "fake" when being tested for carat accuracy. One may expect a 2 carat lower than advertised as being reasonable. It's gotten to the point when a necklace with 14K marking would marginally pass a 10K acid test, meaning that it should be marked 10 carat on the American or International standard. Below is a sample of a product being marked as "GM22 L 10K MEX 60U" and "GI-06 GM14K MEXICO" that wouldn't pass the 10K grade nitric / muriatic acid solution. These items do contain gold, but we can only assume a 2 to 4 carats lower than their engraving.

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