958 gold hallmark - what is it and what is the name of the alloy: composition, use for jewelry and in the form of investments, proper selection and care of products

In Russia, there are metric system assessing the purity of a precious alloy. This determines the assay that corresponds to the weight content of the noble metal, which is the main one in the composition. The higher the amount, the higher the value of the items. An example of this is 958 gold standard.

The alloy differs from the most common (585, 750), it also has advantages and disadvantages. They should be considered when selecting finished products, also take into account the physical properties of the material. On how they meet the conditions of use depends on the duration of use precious metal, his external qualities.

958 gold hallmark - what is it

Items containing more than 30% precious metals undergo an assay procedure. This involves evaluating the content of the components. If you determine the ratio of the base metal to the ligatures, you can find out which group the alloy belongs to. For example, 958-proof gold is in the high value category.

This is due to the content of the precious metal - 958 g per 1000 g. Given this amount, the remaining fraction is determined - it is a ligature (42 g).

958 gold rings
Gold Engagement Rings 958

Gold 958: composition, how the alloy is called, its properties

Metal with a 958 proof is considered high grade. Given that the percentage is not an integer (95.8%), the number is rounded. This is how the second name of the metal, 96 proof, came about. In reality, the stamp contains other numbers. The 96th hallmark does not belong to any of the world systems for assessing the purity of precious metals.

Pure gold is known for its softness. It is easy to grind, but it is impossible to make a complex shaped piece.

The situation changes when additives are added to the composition:

  • copper: 1.2-2.4%;
  • silver: 1.7-2.3%.
Read also
375 karat gold - as opposed to 585, what is the difference: composition, characteristics, price per gram, selection rules, customer feedback on the quality of the metal

Sometimes the metal contains other components. In order not to reduce the gold content, the ratio of additives is changed. By reducing the proportion of copper and silver the possibility of using the components appears:

  • iron: 0.08%;
  • antimony and lead - 0.003% each.
Gold 958: composition, how the alloy is called, its properties
958 gold ring

The combination of the ligatures and the base precious metal produces a material with different properties:

  • The strength of gold 958 is a relative concept, if you compare it to pure precious metal (999), the products are harder, more wear-resistant, and when compared to gold alloy 750 or 585 It turns out that the 958 material is not used much, but this metal can withstand moderate loads, which allows its use in several areas, including jewelry (making simple jewelry, wedding rings);
  • Density: the precious metal is quite soft, the density is 18.5 g/cm3It's not always easy to process products because of this;
  • Inertness: the metal does not react with various substances from the environment, it retains its shape, structure and properties, but it may darken;
  • melting point: 958 gold melts when heated to 1030 ° C, under normal conditions (at room temperature) does not change with the metal.

Table: Impurities and range of shades

Color alloy gold is always the same because the metal contains a small amount of ligatures. Even changing their ratio has no significant effect on the tone of the material. To understand how much additives can change the color of a precious metal, you can study the table:

ColorAu75%Au75%Au 58.5%Au 58.5%
 Ag, %Cu, %Ag, %Cu, %
Types of gold with impurities
Tints of Gold

Why you should not confuse pure gold with noble gold

The alloy used today (gold 958) can be called high alloy (pure metal 999 proof). But there is a difference between them - the content of the ligature. Originally, gold without additives was called niello. Later another definition appeared. This was the name given to products made from red-colored alloys.

So, the material 958 does not meet the parameters of either type of metal (pure, red), and therefore cannot be considered niello.

Gold marking

In Soviet times, products were marked with a special mark - a five-pointed star. Before that, there was another brand in the form of a worker's head with a hammer, and even earlier, the profile of a woman's head in a kokoshnik. After the collapse of USSR have returned to this type of labeling.

Read also
Gold grades: what are they for jewelry, which is better, the highest and lowest in Russia

The woman's head is in a figure of a complex configuration resembling a spatula. Here are also the numbers of the hallmark, and together with it, the state assay office's code number, and the mark of the assay certificate. If the piece has a different stamp, this could mean that it was made in another country.

When imported into the Russian Federation, such items are subject to assaying, according to the law.

Star branding, how it looks, history of origin, what it means
Star branding

How many carats are in the 958 sample

Earlier in the USSR it was used spool system The purity of the precious metal. Today jewelers have moved away from it. According to the law, the metric system is relevant. But if the need arises, it is always possible to convert the sample to either system:


Spheres of application in the USSR and now

Previously alloy 958 was not used everywhere. It was used mainly in the production of certain types of products. It was created:

  • engagement rings;
  • decorative inserts.

Today, gold alloy is also not characterized by a narrow field of application. It is almost never found on the open market. Most often products are created to order. The main areas of application:

  • making small-thickness gold leaf coatings;
  • cooking;
  • furniture finishing;
  • decorative inserts and whole ornaments that have little contact with the leather, thus reducing the intensity of wear and tear.
Gold jewelry from the Soviet era
Precious jewelry from Soviet times

Compatibility with stones

The precious metal containing 95.8% of gold does not allow for the creation of miniature jewelry. Because of its massiveness, the stones only worsen the appearance of the pieces. In addition, the metal is quite soft, and therefore it is problematic to fix on ringThe bracelet has stones on it. This can be done if you want, but the strength of the attachment will be low.

Such pieces are made to order. The alloy is better matched with diamonds; garnet, agate, and ruby are used less frequently.

Reaction of sample 958 to gold chloride

To check the authenticity of the precious metal, sometimes materials, substances of aggressive action are used. Among them is chlorine gold. In contact with it, the precious metal changes color. But if it contains a significant proportion of Au, the nature of the stains will be different than in cases where this component is not contained in the alloy.

The presence of gold leaves lighter stains. The less of it, the darker the stains.

Reaction of sample 958 to gold chloride
Reagents for gold

Pros and cons of 958

If you want to buy a finished product with a high content of gold, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of this metal, so as not to regret the purchase.

The advantages of the precious metal 958 include:
- high value;
- prestige;
- low risk of allergies;
- metal does not oxidize because they contain few additives;
- gold alloy is seen as a way of investing.
In addition, there are also disadvantages in the noble metal. Among them, there are more weighty ones:
- get massive jewelry;
- there is no way to change the color of the product, even reconfiguring the additives will not work because of the small number of additives;
- It is not recommended to wear jewelry often;
- low durability;
- fragility.

Alloy 958 gold jewelry is distinguished not only by its volume, but also by its mass. It is usually greater than other items that have been made from other types of materials.

Read also
All shades of yellow gold 585 and 750 tests: price for 1 gram, composition, uses
958 gold
Engagement Rings

Actual price of 1 gram of gold according to the Central Bank

The Central Bank of Russia provides daily updates on the 999 gold exchange rate. The price of other items depends on it. But the price of pure gold is constantly changing. To buy/sell items made of different alloys in the most successful way, it is necessary to keep track of information about changes in the price of the pure metal.

Precious alloy 999 tests (TsB), 1 gramMarket priceScrap, rub.

Calculation of the cost of 1 gram of 958 gold

To determine for yourself how much is the price of gold alloy in a certain time period, you need to take as a basis a formula:

Central Bank exchange rate of the metal 999 x 0.958 = price of the alloy with the given parameters,

The result is: 4450 x 0.958 = 4263 rubles.

Gold grades and gold color
Gold bars

Tips for the care and cleaning of fine gold

A metal containing 95.8% gold needs special care because abrasion can damage it. This alloy is most commonly used to make jewelry without stones, which makes it easier to clean it. Key recommendations:

  • It is necessary to exclude contact of the precious metal with cosmetics, hot water, sweat, which means that during showering, sports, physical activity should not wear jewelry;
  • You should periodically clean your gold jewelry with a soapy solution and a soft rag;
  • Do not keep gold-alloy 958 items near others, it may cause scratches;
  • Do not use abrasives: baking soda, tooth powder or a toothbrush.

Important: The possibility of tarnishing of a metal containing 95.8% gold is low due to the small amount of ligatures, but it is still better to avoid contact of this material with household products and other chemicals (perfumes, cosmetics, etc.).

Gold Jewelry
Gold jewelry cleaning

Question and answer section

What causes gold to oxidize?

Opinion of an expert
Pribrezhny Gennady Valentinovich
6th class jeweler
The higher the precious metal content, the less likely it is to change its appearance. This means that gold alloy 958 is much less susceptible to external influences than other types. In addition, the pure noble metal can be used to protect less valuable materials from oxidation.

What are the reasons for the darkening of gold?

Opinion of an expert
Mikhail Petrovich Grishanov
Jeweler, Director of Grishanov & Co.
The likelihood of changes in material that contains a substantial proportion of gold is still there, albeit low. Causes of deterioration in the appearance of the jewelry:
Read also
18 karat gold: what is it, the properties of the alloy, its cost, marking, use, advantages and disadvantages of the precious metal
  • Poor quality of the ligatures or inconsistency of the composition with the stated characteristics;
  • residual polishing paste on the new product;
  • material's interaction with chemicals.

Why does gold leave marks?

Opinion of an expert
Pribrezhny Gennady Valentinovich
6th class jeweler
In the city limits, the air quality leaves much to be desired. The presence of impurities, aggressive components can lead to dark marks on the skin. This is a consequence of metal coming into contact with skin that has perspired, as well as with chemical compounds in the air environment.
Can gold rust or change color 12
Traces on the skin from jewelry

Why and where to buy 958-proof gold. How to buy it and sell it profitably

Opinion of an expert
Mikhail Petrovich Grishanov
Jeweler, Director of Grishanov & Co.
Connoisseurs of high quality products tend to surround themselves with them. The 958 hallmark jewelry belongs to this group: silver and copper is contained in small quantities, while the proportion of the precious metal is high. But it is difficult to find them in jewelry stores. It is advisable to go to a jeweler to make a ring or bracelet to order. To him you can later sell the jewelry, if it becomes irrelevant. Other options for buying and selling high value metal:
  • Internet resources (Avito, etc.);
  • pawnshops.

But to check the certificate in this case is not possible, which means that the risk of buying a fake is too high. It is better to look for opportunities to sell or buy the product in official stores. To sell the product profitably, you need to prepare it: clean it from dirt, grease film, perform grinding.

Video: gold assay - how much gold in 958

Jeweler's comment

Molokanov N.M.
Molokanov N.M.
Jeweler, experience in jewelry manufacturing 26 years.
If you have already ordered engagement rings, you should be prepared for the fact that the first day you wear them there will be micro-damage, sometimes deep scratches. You will need to polish them frequently, which will lead to a reduction in the thickness of the metal over time. If funds allow, you can order another pair of wedding rings - for every day (of alloy 585). Products with assay 958 are not recommended to wear constantly, but they will look great on the occasion.

Tell your friends
All about gold and precious metals
Leave a Reply