If you sold it as a gold alloy with a British hall mark of 9K,
just curious about how these things work.
You can go to pretty much any Irish import shop in the USA and buy a
9 ct gold claddagh ring with Irish hallmarks. It is technically
against the law in the USA to market anything less than 10K as "gold"
but in reality very few people know this and so far nobody in our
government has made it their business to fight the 9 carat menace.
(Which is an amazing oversight when you consider how eager the
government usually is to pester and nag businesses)
On the other hand, the actual customers prefer 14K. I sell some
Irish jewelry in 10K because it is made by what seems like the only
manufacturer in the world that actually cares that this is the law in
the US. But even 10K has a lot of consumer resistance. I do have some
customers that ask for 9 ct because they know that is what is usually
the material in Ireland and they want to be authentic that way but,
but they are very rare. Generally the cultural preference is that
Irish-Americans want better quality than what their ancestors settled
for in Ireland.
Since the price of gold has run up so high in the past few years I
have had a few customers asking about 10K to save some money, so this
situation could change. I heard it mentioned at the MJSA show that
one of the alloy dealers has been getting requests for very low karat
gold that will be marketed as some kind of brand name to avoid the
rules. So with price pressure, things are changing. But to answer the
question regarding 9 ct gold in the USA, very few actually care about
the law, nobody really wants it anyway, so it is very rarely a real