Anyone have any comments on why use "solid gold" in
Merely because it sounds better than "14K Gold." And because most
consumers don't know the difference between the terms used to
describe gold, such as pure/fine and solid. I certainly won't speak
for other countries, but in the USA, the Federal Trade Commission
provides guides for the jewelry trade. they also provide "layman
speak" articles for those of us who get confused by the legalese.
You can find the text to the FTC's paper on gold fineness at:
It answers your question in a two-sentence paragraph: "Solid gold
refers to an item made of any karat gold, if the inside of the item
is not hollow. The proportion of gold in the piece of jewelry still
is determined by the karat mark."
Personally, I think it is misleading and should be stricken from the
jewelry trade, along with each and every misleading jewelry term and
gem misnomer. They all muddy the waters and create mistrust.
To read all of the actual FTC Jewelry Guides (you'll need some time
to read it all) go to: http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/jewelryjump.htm
at the top left of the page, where you can view them as text or
If you live in the USA and want to make and sell jewelry responsibly
and ethically, this is a must-read. Sure, our system is somewhat
open to abuse, but there are rules in place that provide for that.
If you want to buy jewelry on eBay, caveat emptor (buyer beware).
James in SoFl