Jewelry with the stamp “18K HGE” on it is 18 carat gold with a hefty gold electroplate. The stamp’s “HGE” designation denotes heavy gold electroplate. Another material that is frequently used in jewellery is brass.
All precious metal jewellery must be marked with a three-digit number and, on occasion, additional markings. Foremost Jewelry claims that rather than microstamping little items, producers frequently add indications to the packaging or tags.
In order to verify the metal’s value, gold plate jewellery must also be tagged or stamped. Gold electroplate jewellery may also be marked with the letters “GE,” “EP,” “GEP,” “HE,” and “HGE.”