India is well known for its beautiful and ornate gold jewellery and, because of the popularity of the gold, the industry is now highly regulated by the country. Regulations were set in place to protect the buyer, but in order to shop for Indian gold jewellery, shoppers must be aware of the standards set in place.
Look for Hallmarks on the Gold
In order to ensure buyer protection, gold must be stamped with a hallmark which identifies information about the metal. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) regulates jewellers to make sure they adhere to a strict set of standards and hallmark all their gold. This became mandatory because sellers were mixing gold with various other metals, but still selling it as 22k gold. Various symbols indicate how the gold was made, how pure it is, and when it was made. The year of production is indicated by a letter. The letter A means that the piece was marked in 2000. Jewellery with a B on it came from 2001, K indicates the year 2010, and so on. Every piece of gold should have a triangle symbol as well, which certifies the piece came from a BIS regulated manufacturer. If KDM is stamped onto the gold, it means that Kadmium Monaxide was used to connect some of the piece of jewellery. Every piece of jewellery should also have an identifying mark from the jeweller manufacturer. Usually the mark is in the form of initials.
Indian Gold Quality and Purity
The purity of gold is measured in carats. One hundred percent pure gold is 24 carats, but since gold is a soft metal, it is not ideal on its own. Because of this, jewellers mix gold with other metals such as copper, silver or cadmium to add strength and enhance its appearance. When mixed with other metals, the purity reduces to 22, 18, 14, or 10Kt. Twenty-two carat gold is the most valuable because it is the purest the gold can be without becoming too soft. Any manufacturer claiming to have 22Kt gold must be inspected by the BIS and then stamped with the numbers "916" to indicate that the gold is 91.6 percent pure. The percentage should always be marked on the gold. For example, gold marked with a "750" is 18Kt because it is 75 percent pure gold. Always look for the numbers that indicate purity before purchasing Indian gold jewellery.
How to Find Affordable Indian Gold Jewellery
Indian jewellery is very ornate and bulky. A lot of gold is used which drives up the price substantially. However, there are a few ways to cut back on costs and still get beautiful bollywood jewellery. To start with, consider shopping for gold plated Indian jewellery instead of pure gold. Another option is to consider less expensive gems such as sapphires instead of diamonds or pearls instead of rubies.