916 Gold – What Does the 916 Hallmark Mean on Jewellery?

916 Gold and the 916 Hallmark in jewellery

Most of our Gold jewellery features the hallmarks for 9ct or 18ct Gold. For example, 375 and 750 appear frequently in our jewellery commissions. On occasion, we have Gold jewellery hallmarked 916. The appearance of 916 Gold sometimes causes confusion.

What is 916 Gold?

The most common term for Gold stamped 916 is 22 carat Gold. Compared to 18ct Gold (75% pure Gold – stamped 750) 22ct Gold is 91.6% pure Gold. The higher Gold content results in a darker, richer colouration. 22ct Gold is popular for Indian jewellery. By comparison, 18ct Yellow Gold is a little lighter in colour.

916 Gold Hallmark for 22ct Gold

Which is better – 18ct Gold or 22ct Gold

Although very durable, 18ct Gold is less malleable and more suitable for setting diamonds. Most jewellery in the UK is created in 18ct Gold, or 9ct Gold. The internal hallmark ensures the item has been tested at the Assay Office for fineness. As a result, buyers have reassurance that the metal description is accurate.

How heavy is 22ct Gold?

22ct Yellow Gold is approximately 1.15 times heavier than 18ct Gold. Visit our precious metal weight conversion chart for more help on converting precious metal weight.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.