What is the carat (karat) system for gold jewellery?
Carat (or karat) is the term used to measure the proportion of gold in jewellery. The origin of the word ´carat´ lies in ´carob seed´, which was originally used to balance scales in Oriental bazaars. Pure gold is designated 24 carat, and is the finest gold found; 18 carat gold is defined as 75% pure gold.
What is the difference between red, yellow and white gold?
Pure gold is yellow in colour, but when alloyed with other metals, results in varying colours of gold. Gold alloys are usually a mixture of silver, copper, and zinc, where the amounts of each vary depending on the desired final colour, normally white and red gold.
Can I find out where my gold jewellery was manufactured?
Hallmarking on a piece of gold jewellery will give you an indication of where it was manufactured. However, hallmarking is only a legal requirement in some countries, such as the United Kingdom. While in other countries it may be done voluntarily, sometimes it is not carried out at all. In places where hallmarking is carried out, small symbols on the item ascribe information such as caratage, country of manufacture and the company that manufactured it. The amount of the information available from the hallmark will vary according to the standards of the country that the jewellery was purchased in.
What is the importance of a BIS certificate?
BIS is a regulatory body of the Govt. of India, which has standardised various products. It is extremely crucial to understand the benefits provided by ensuring Hallmark Jewellery. BIS certified gold Hallmarked Jewellery can be identified by 5 visible marks on the back of the jewellery – a BIS mandate. These are:
BIS Hallmark Logo
Purity of Gold ´916´ -22ct, ´875´ - 21ct etc.
The Hallmarking centre´s logo
The jewelers´ identification mark
Year of Hallmarking ´A´ -year 2000, ´B´ -year 2001 .... ´H´ - year 2007.
Is platinum the same as white gold?
No, it is quite different. White gold achieves its whiteness when other metals are added to yellow gold. Platinum, conversely, is white to begin with and maintains its lustre permanently.
What is the difference between precious and semi-precious gemstones?
Precious stones are diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire, while all others are semi-precious.
Do you provide customised or personalized jewellery items as well?
Yes, we do provide customized or personalized jewellery items – but against a confirmed order.
Is my jewellery authentic and certified?
Absolutely. All our gemstone jewellery is BIS hallmarked.
What is the difference between 9, 14, 18, 22 and 24 k gold?
24 karat gold is the purest form of gold, and is seen only in bullion bars. Gold is an extremely soft metal, which loses particles if used or handled a lot, so other metals must be added to strengthen it before it can be made into jewellery or coins. 22 karat gold is 91.6% pure gold. Similarly, the difference is in the percentage of gold.
Why do pure metals need to be mixed with other metals?
The reason behind mixing the metals is to make it more durable in the shape we mould and to prevent any damage.
How much pure metal is in my jewellery, and how can I tell?
18ct is 75% pure (750)
14ct is 58.4% pure (584)
Can I combine two or more different metals in a design?
Yes, any metals can be combined. Using a combination of yellow, rose and white gold is a nice way of creating a different look, but still having the design you desire.
What is a gemstone?
A gemstone is a mineral, rock, or organic material that is used for jewellery, ornamentation, or art.