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Jewelry Hallmarks - The Importance of These Features

Jul 2, 2008
Jewelry pieces are items which have their own unique traits and characteristics about them. Whether this has to do with the stones which are inlaid within the item itself or due to the original design surrounding the piece of jewelry, every piece has its own individual qualities which make it special to the owner thereof.

One feature of jewelry pieces which many individuals may be unaware of when they purchase the item is the jewelry hallmark. Jewelry hallmarks are important features when it comes to these products and the following will describe what these are and why they are important to the one possesses the item.

What Are Jewelry Hallmarks?

The jewelry hallmark is what describes the item's metal content as well as the quality thereof. If you happen to own a piece of precious jewelry, your accessory should have a jewelry hallmark on it. It is usually found on gold, platinum or silver jewelry pieces and will detail the karat content of the metal.

Some jewelry hallmarks will also show the maker's mark or country of origin on the item. To sum it up, the jewelry hallmark is the identifying mark on the piece of jewelry which details the quality of the item and often cites where it came from.

Why Are Jewelry Hallmarks Important?

Jewelry hallmarks are important in the jewelry world for a few different reasons. First, they signify what the item is made of which helps the wearer to determine the metal content of the jewelry piece that they have on. It is important to note that although hallmarks are used to identify the metal content, this does not in and of itself dictate the true authenticity of the item.

Jewelry hallmarks can be easily duplicated and the jewelry item can be sold as something other than what it really is. With that said, it does provide a way for the purchaser of an item to look at a gold necklace or bracelet on sale at a jewelry store, turn the item over and determine what the metal content supposedly is, simply by looking at it.

Another reason for having jewelry hallmarks on rings, necklaces, bracelets and other beautiful jewelry pieces is to show the maker's mark on the item. If you decide that you want to buy a ring designed by a specific jewelry designer, you will most likely want the item to have the jewelry hallmark on it which shows the maker's mark as well.

Not every piece will have a maker's mark, or even a hallmark for that matter, but many items do which provides the buyer with some shred of evidence to go by when trying to purchase a specific item.

Hallmarks are a way for the jewelry owner to determine the period in which they were crafted. There are a few different ways to determine the time period factor and the hallmark is one such way. If you are searching for a jewelry item from a certain time period, a jewelry hallmark which shows such information is probably very important to you.

The United States does not have nor does it require a hallmark system of any kind as do most countries.

Jewelry can be manufactured in the US and legally sold without a hallmark, trademark, or quality stamp of any kind. However, if a piece of jewelry has a karat stamp (14k 18k Platinum) then it must have a trademark, as is required by law. Therefore, if you have a piece of jewelry with no markings at all the only way to find out for sure is to have it tested by someone who has the knowledge and equipment to do so.
About the Author
James Greene is a Graduate Gemologist and Master Gemologist Appraiser. James has been in the jewelry and appraisal business for over 25 years and specializes in Insurance and estate appraisals. http://www.diamondmarketwatch.com
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