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A friend at work has this locket from his wife's Grandmother.

It appears to be gold in shape, but the color is throwing me off.

I've not seen any that had that brown shade to it.

Patrick .....

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I'm a bit confuse by your statement..."It appears to be gold in shape..." what do you mean by referring to the shape appearing to be gold?

Is there going to be a photo of this locket to see?

Some older white gold can appear to be yellow/brown in color, this is most often because of on some types of white gold the plating is wearing off to expose the color of the gold alloy beneath the plating.

"White gold Jewelry wearers can be disappointed to discover that their Jewelry has gone off-white, even a yellow-brown tint, as the rhodium plating wears through (some cheaper Jewelry may well be distinctly yellow-brown in color)."



White gold was developed circa 1920 to be used as a substitute for platinum. White gold has the same properties as yellow gold, but it has been mixed with different metals to give it a white color. Instead of the copper and silver used in yellow gold, white gold contains metals like nickel, zinc, or even platinum. These metals, in essence, tend to bleach its yellow color towards white. Nickel and palladium and platinum are strong bleachers of gold; where silver and zinc are more moderate bleachers. However, white gold should not be confused with platinum, which is much rarer than gold and hence much more valuable.

There are 2 basic classes of white gold - the Nickel whites and the Palladium whites. The nickel-whites tend to have a colder white color, whereas the palladium whites have a warmer color. Good nickel whites tend to be hard and difficult to process. Good palladium whites tend to be soft, but are much more expensive, because of the price of palladium. Consequently, many commercial white alloys are done in nickel or palladium and contain some copper; hence, color is compromised.

White gold jewelry is often plated with rhodium. There is, as yet, no legal or industry-accepted definition of what constitutes a 'white' color in gold's and hence the trade description of 'white gold' may not mean an alloy that is 'ice white' or 'detergent white'. For good technical and economic reasons, many commercial white gold are not a good white color (usually a yellow-brownish tint) and are often rhodium-plated to improve appearance.

Rhodium is one of the platinum family of metals and has a high reflectivity and good metallic white color and is hard with good wear properties. A thin electroplated coating is often applied to white gold jewelry to improve its white appearance.

This is legally allowed in many countries, including those with Hallmarking regulations. Such a coating, if not subjected to undue abrasion, should have a lifetime of, typically, 3 years before it wears through to reveal the gold alloy underneath.

For many consumers, the color of rhodium has become the norm for the color of white gold, because that is what they are used to seeing on Jewelry described as white gold!

The same karat weight system is used for both white gold and yellow gold. The white color is an excellent setting for very white diamonds, and when used side by side with yellow gold, it creates a striking effect. Jewelry using both white and yellow gold is called "two-tone.""

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So we're talking about raw gold, any raw natural gold can be mineral stained with mineral like manganese or just be dirty, it could also have a good bit of copper in it contributing to it brownish color, but I would say it's gold, but if you take some out and soak it in vinegar with some salt for a day to a week shaking it once or twice a day it will probably brighten up and look like the gold it appears to me to be.

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Id say based on the wear and tear on the locket, its old. but if you look close you should still see a karat mark up on the loop.
or just scratch test it.
the gold on the inside, its looks higher copper, probably Alaskan. AzNuggetBob

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The locket is for sale!

The lady would appreciate bids.

Patrick ......

If selling more info would be needed to get proper bids for both seller and buyer, gold needs to be removed and weighted, as well as locket being weighted preferably without the glass and while empty and also determination if locket is gold or not.

Cleaning of the gold and the locket may help with selling or may hurt the outcome depending on the bidders/buyers.

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