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KNOW YOUR JEWELLERY
When it comes to buying jewellery, there are so many types of stones, finishes, styles and materials to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. And how to take care of your jewellery.
Karat
Karat is a measurement of the content of gold.
Purity of gold jewellery
The higher the karat number, the higher the percentage of gold in your gold jewellery. 24K- pure gold; 18K- 75% gold; 14K - 58.3% gold; 12K - 50% gold; 10K - 41.7% gold. Pure gold is too soft for use in jewellery, so it is usually mixed with other metals to make it harder.
Hallmarks
Official marks used in many countries as a guarantee of purity of precious metal (gold or silver).
Hallmarked gold
Consists of:
BIS Mark
Purity grade/fineness
Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark (one of the logos as displayed on BIS website)
Year of Marking – denoted by a code letter e.g. ‘A’ for year 2000 ‘B’ for year 2001;
Jeweller’s Identification Mark
Wastage in jewellery making
In the process of jewellery making some gold particles left as residue. This residual gold is known as wastage in gold making.
White gold
White gold is produced from the mixing of gold, copper, palladium, and zinc. Various shades of yellow gold can be created from the mixing of gold, silver, copper, and small amounts of zinc.
Clean your jewellery
Remove your jewellery and put each piece separately. In a bowl of water containing any mild liquid detergent. Use a soft brush to create lather around the jewellery. Rinse the piece off - not over the drain, in a metal or plastic strainer. Dry your jewellery with a soft, lint-free cloth.