When investing in valuable jewellery, ensuring that pieces are genuine is unsurprisingly the primary concern. Since we are unable to determine fineness (the percentage of purity) by sight or touch alone, we must look for the hallmark.
The hallmark can be defined as a series of symbols that are engraved into genuine gold, silver, platinum and palladium jewellery to demonstrate purity and guarantee authenticity. While it is common to combine pure metals with less valuable forms to enhance the colour, durability and flexibility of jewellery, UK regulations state that a minimum amount of the pure metal is required within the alloy for the piece to be truly deserving of its precioustitle.
Every piece of hallmarked jewellery is independently tested and marked to ensure that it abides by the legal standards of purity. In other words, hallmarking protects jewellery buyers and suppliers from fraud, giving them a clear awareness of the materials used and full confidence that what they’re buying is 100% authentic.