Some years ago I toyed with the idea of aspiring to a Cartier Tank Francaise watch. Then I forgot all about it until I walked into an op shop and saw one in a cabinet. It was labelled “Imitation Cartier – Excellent.” I asked what the excellent referred to. Was the watch in good working order? “It means we’ve had it appraised and it’s been deemed an excellent imitation,” was the reply. This ring was also sent off by an op shop for an appraisal. I don’t know about excellent, but it was found to be 18kt gold.