Buyer's Guide :: JAS 2017::

Colored Stone Jewellery:

  • Buying gemstones requires professional help (due to reasons discussed below). Same is the case with colored gemstone jewellery.

  • Many gemstones have similar hues, so it can be difficult to differentiate between two different gems with same color. For example- a garnet and an emerald may have look similar due to the saturation and tone of the color.

  • Price of the colored stones is affected by various factors such as rarity, durability, color, clarity, cut, carat, inclusions, shine and popularity. So, these must be kept in mind before finalizing the bill of the jewellery.

Diamond Jewellery:

  • The price of a diamond is determined by considering four points- Color, clarity, cut and carat.

  • The four ‘C’ characteristics determine the price and the worth of a diamond.

  • A certificate should be obtained from the jeweller clearly stating the weight, quality, and other measurements of the diamonds. It serves as a proof for its genuineness.

  • Credentials of the certifying lab should be checked on the certificate.

Kundan Meena Jewellery:

  • The value of the jewellery depends on several factors such as weight of the metal (gold, silver, etc) used and the purity of the metal.

  • Similar factors such a size, clarity, carat, weight, number, etc have to be checked for the gemstones.

  • A certificate should be obtained from the jeweller clearly stating the weight, quality, and other measurements of the diamonds. It serves as a proof for its genuineness.

  • The color, engravings and brightness on the enamel should be paid adequate attention.

  • Generally flat or uncut diamonds (known as polki) are used in Kundan Meena Jewellery. The thickness of the polki and number of pieces greatly affect the value of the accessory.

Gold Jewellery:

  • Price of the jewellery is primarily affected by the purity of gold and weight.

  • 24 k gold is malleable and soft. So, it is gold is mixed with other metals such as nickel, copper and zinc to mould into jewellery pieces.

  • Jewellery makers most commonly use 18 k and 14 k gold in jewellery. A higher price is charged for higher percentage of gold.

  • The hallmark indicates the karat content of the gold.

  • The color of gold depends on the metal mixed with gold. For example- Rhodium or palladium is mixed with for white gold.

Silver Jewellery:

  • Qualities such as shine and luster should be given prime importance.

  • Fine silver cannot be used for manufacturing jewellery, due to its malleability. So, it is mixed with other metals for enduring durability.

  • The best quality of silver is 925 sterling silver, which is the widely used by jewellery manufacturers.

  • The jewellery should be checked for a hallmark (which mentions the genuine quality of the silver).

Contemporary and Fusion Jewellery:

  • The metal and gemstones should be closely checked for the above discussed features.

  • The motif and the fashion exhibited by the piece should be specifically checked.

  • The design and overall craftsmanship of the jewellery should be observed as these are the most supreme features of fusion jewellery.

General guide:

  • Always buy jewellery from a renowned shop or store.

  • Ask for the bill and the exact bifurcation of price for your specific piece.

  • Certification should be taken care of under specific circumstances.

  • Always check for the hallmark and the logo on the jewellery.

  • Get help from a gemologist in requisite cases.

  • Jewellery should be thoroughly checked for any hidden flaws or tarnish areas.