It’s always fun to buy new jewellery, especially when you are a shopaholic and more so when it is bought online. One often buys gold & diamond jewellery online after thorough research and after understanding the various technical aspects related to purity of gold & 4C’s of diamonds. In case you wish to learn about Gold Karats & Colours, check out this informative article on our blog about Different Gold Carats & Gold Colours.
Now let’s assume you bought yourself a nice little pair of gold & diamond earring online from KuberBox.com. The earring gets delivered to you in a nice little package, looking all pretty & you start jumping with childlike enthusiasm. And, if by chance, this is gifted by someone special, your smile will hold no boundaries. You eagerly put on those little glam things and head out to rock the world. With a lot of excitement, you show it to your friend & she loves them too. But then she raises a question on the genuineness of the gold & diamond used in your earrings. Though you are sure that you got nice hallmarked gold jewellery along with an extensive diamond report, the doubt raised by your friend starts to haunt you and makes you question the product.
- What if the gold is not as pure as declared?
- What if the diamonds are not of the same colour & clarity as mentioned?
Both very valid questions, but how to find their answers? You want to get an answer to these doubts but you have no idea where to start and how to start. Ok, so now allow us to help you get your answers, quickly and correctly. Firstly, understand that your jewellery is made of gold, diamonds and probably gemstones. These can be easily appraised by the right laboratory. Before we begin to explain let us tell you what NOT to do.
Don’t try to get your answers by showing the jewellery to your local neighborhood jeweller.
It’s simple. You give them a product from a competitor on his hands and he will try his best to make it look bad. Not all jewellery store owner will do that, but a majority of them will. That’s the fact of life. So even though your product was as good as promised, you will be left feeling depressed by his comments. Save yourself this trouble and rather go the scientific way.
In India, gold hallmarking is regulated by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). BIS has a number of precious metal assaying & hallmarking centres across the country whose job is to assay the purity of precious metals used in jewellery and artefacts. When you submit your jewellery there, they will screen test the jewellery with an equipment that has the capacity to test and declare the fineness of the gold used in your jewellery. Additionally, to be sure, you can ask them for another level of testing.
At this level, they will rub the back side of your jewellery on a small plate (it won’t affect your jewellery) and the gold dust that comes off on the plate is then tested by a different equipment for verification of earlier arrived fineness. Connect both the results and this will ensure that your first question gets answered with proper justification. In case, the testing centre declares the fineness in terms of percentage, the corresponding gold purity in terms of Karat can be derived from this chart –
|Purity (K)||Formula||Fineness (%)|
|22k||22/24 = 91.6%||91.6 %|
|18k||18/24 = 75.0%||75.0 %|
|14K||14/24 = 58.5%||58.5 %|
Do remember that, the assaying centre will simply declare the fineness and not inscribe the same on your piece of jewellery. To get the purity inscribed on your jewellery you are required to be a BIS licensed jeweller. Also, remember to visit only a BIS approved assaying centre to be certain about the results. You can find a nearby centre on the BIS website – LIST OF BIS RECOGNISED HALLMARKING CENTRES.
Under normal circumstances, you would generally be charged approximately Rs.50 for one piece of jewellery. With this, you are done with gold testing.
Thanks to a number of professional diamond laboratories coming up across the country, getting the diamonds tested is a much simpler affair. But if you live in a city where there are no reputed labs, you could face some problems. Take your jewellery to any of the branches of SGL (Solitaire Gemological Laboratory) or IGI (International Gemological Institute) to get the diamonds verified. These are a couple of laboratory networks in India that have good reach, operate with professionalism and are ethical. They have a standardised approach towards diamond grading. If you were already issued a diamond report of any of these labs along with the jewellery, then you need not even take the pain of visiting them. Their tests being standardized, provide the same results provided across any of their branches. In case you have a diamond report issued by them, you can simply verify the diamond report online on their website.
Take out your diamond certificate and locate the certificate number. Look at the images below for reference.
Enter the certificate number at the indicated are and click on the button. This would load another page with the same diamond report as the one received by you from us.
So that’s it. Your diamonds just got verified.
If you happen to have a jewellery that doesn’t come along with any certificates, you can still get them verified at the laboratory. Just take your jewellery and visit any branch of SGL (List of SGL Branches), submit your jewellery for certification and within 1 day, your jewellery would be graded and you would be presented with a diamond report. This completes the 2-step verification approach that you can try.
Now that you can confidently claim that you got the best value for your money, go ahead and share the same with your friend. Rest assured she’ll get clicking too.2 Steps To Verify If Your Gold & Diamonds Jewellery Is Genuine by Sourav