What is Italian Gold?

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Italian gold is gold that is made in Italy. It is most often 18 karat, though it can also be 14 karat or even 22 karat. Italian gold also refers to high quality gold jewelry that was made in Italy using techniques that date back to the Ancient Etruscans and were advanced further in Roman times and the Middle Ages. In modern times, customers have shown a revival for their love of the traditional jewelry making techniques Italy is known for.

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Italy has a long and rich history in producing coins. In this section we’ll take a look at various groups of coins that are considered valuable among collectors.

Ancient, Medieval and 1800’s Coins

With any coins, but especially older or ancient coins it is important to work with a reputable dealer to ensure that you are getting the best deal, and also to ensure that the coin is not counterfeit – fakes do exist, especially within older coins. 

  • Ancient Rome Hadrian Denarius, 124 AD to 138 AD  
  • Italy Venice Ducat and Zecchino, 1333 to 1789, ¼ Zecchino, ½ Zecchino, Zecchino, 2 Zecchino, 6 Zecchino. 
  • Italy Venice 20 Soldi 1684 to 1688
  • Italy Tuscany, 1803 to 1807, 5 Lira and 10 Lira
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Modern Italian Commemorative Coins

These coins were minted on special occasions in Italy’s history.  

  • Italy 100th Birthday, 1990 to 1996, 200 Lira 
  • Italy, Pope John Paul II
  • Italy, Virgin of Gudalupe

Gold and Metal Coins

These coins come in varying denominations and are often made in various precious metals including gold and silver. 

  • Italy, silver, 1965 to date, 500 Lira, 1000 Lira, 2000 Lira, 5000 Lira, 10000 Lira
  • Italy, bi-mealic, 1982 to 2000, 500 Lira, 1000 Lira

What parts of Italy does Italian gold come from?

In regard to gold buying in Italy, 5 sectors are known for fine jewelry production, they are: Arrezzo, Milan, Torre del Greco, Valenza and Vicenza. 

Wherever you purchase your Italian gold, rest assured, your jewelry was likely made by a master. Jewelry making traditions are passed down from generation to generation, keeping the family businesses in good standing throughout the years. Italian jewelers must apprentice with a master goldsmith before they can perform on their own. In the end, jewelry pieces that are made in Italy, come out very special because of the time, effort and training that goes into making them.

How many karats is Italian gold?

Italian gold is usually around 18 karat, while gold in the US is around 14 karat. This explains why Italian gold is more expensive than US gold. Italian gold is marked according to its fineness, as per European standards. Here are some markings you may find on Italian gold:

  • 18K gold is marked 750, or 75% gold.
  • 14K gold is marked 585, or 58.5% gold.

How to tell if it’s Italian gold or not?

Italian gold jewelry is considered valuable because of the craftsmanship that goes into it. When you buy an Italian gold piece, you want to know that what you have is real. Let’s look at a couple of the tell-tale signs that what you have is Italian gold. 

One way to tell if Italian gold is real, not just Italian gold but any gold, is to look for discoloration. If the jewelry turns green, it is fake. It’s that easy. Another way is to take the gold jewelry in your hands and weigh it – gold is heavy. 14 karat Italian gold will be heavier than if the jewelry piece was made of a cheap alloy. 

Also, beware of scams. Gold that’s stamped “14k Italy” and “585” could be fake. These are the two most forged stamps that exist. This is why it’s important to work with a dealer, because they can easily identify real pieces and fake pieces.

Can you sell Italian gold in the United States?

Yes. Keep in mind, Italian gold jewelry is most often 18 karat, but it can range in karat and in value, which is why it’s important to work with a trusted dealer when you’re looking to buy or sell.

Can you buy Italian gold jewelry?

Yes. Whether you’re looking to purchase a modern or older Italian coin or a piece of Italian gold jewelry, you have a few different options. You can purchase the item right in Italy or you could purchase it on the internet. As always, it’s important to work with a reputable, trusted dealer so you are given the most fair deal and the most fair assessment.

Choose Crown Gold Exchange

Crown Gold Exchange holds the utmost respect for you and your valuables. When you visit one of our locations, we make sure that you feel welcome, and that your property is protected. We use industry-standard equipment to ensure accurate measurement of your valuables, and we have a special process to keep your valuables safe. Our accuracy enables us to offer you top dollar, and we have several different payment methods available for your convenience, so you won’t be waiting around to get paid.

Crown Gold Exchange will purchase any kind of gold you bring us, including 8-karat, 10-karat, 14-karat, 18-karat, 21-karat, 22-karat, 24-karat, or anything else. We buy gold bars, gold bullion, gold jewelry and some gold plated items like pocket watches. If you happen to be in possession of an exclusive piece made by a top gold designer such as Cartier, Tiffany, Rolex, or Patek Philippe, we will often pay more than the weight of the item. Such special pieces often command a higher price on the secondary market due to their superior craftsmanship.

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