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Ring Markings
Posted by: bret4
Date: April 04, 2010 09:05AM
I have found several rings this year with different markings on them. Would like help in identifying the metals in them. They are (HJ ULT) and (VAl) and (ELT). Thanks for the help.

Re: Ring Markings
Posted by: OldBeechnut
Date: April 04, 2010 11:56AM
If the ring is stamped inside with any of the following, they are not real gold (but still "valuable" to a collector!): Ultrium (this is a Herff Jones trademark, so they are often stamped: "HJ ULT"); Siladium, Valadium. Jostens will often be stamped Jostens LTM, for "lustrium". All of these are trademark names for stainless-steel based alloys. These are not precious metals, but there are advantages: they don't tarnish, and look very much like 10K white gold. These also contain nickel, which some people have allergic reactions to.Real gold rings will generally fetch a higher price than non-precious metals (duh).

Another possible source is Manufacturing Jewelers website. This site is:

The MJSA publishes regularly a trade journal with manufacturers names and contact information.

A possible but difficult search can be made of registered trademarks held by the US government. If the ring is of foreign make, this search may be useless unless the maker is also registered in the USA. To find that site and to see some related sites from other countries, I used the following in a Google search:

Google, search term: (gov) +trademarks There is a space between (gov) and the + sign. This is the site:

Re: Ring Markings
Posted by: gamiller
Date: April 04, 2010 12:06PM
A quick search seems to indicate that elt stands for every little thing -----see the following link

Re: Ring Markings
Posted by: tomcatpl
Date: April 04, 2010 04:36PM
my wedding band its white gold and it says 14k jx

Minelab Excalibur 2 1000 with mr. Gld mstr headphones

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