Buying a new jewelry is a serious matter! But how could it be otherwise? I have to lay out a considerable amount! Even quality jewelry is not cheap. You take a long time, and then again you hear about fakes and again you doubt whether you haven’t gotten into the network of an unscrupulous manufacturer. A familiar jeweler teaches you to be attentive not only to the jewelry itself, but also to its tag. It turns out she can become a reliable consultant! You just need to be able to read all of her tips! After all, this is a kind of jewelry passport!
What can I learn about the ring from the label
Let's take a closer look at the shortcut.
First of all, note that the label indicates general information.
- Item name: ring, earrings, ring, bracelet and so on.
- Manufacturer's trademark and its registered address.
- Item number.
- Ring size.
- Indication of the precious metal of which the jewelry is made, its fineness.
- How much does the ring weigh (for all jewelry items this value is indicated in grams).
- If there is an insert, then its characteristics are indicated: natural or synthetic stone, a variation of its faceting.
Attention! For some natural species, carat weight is required. Often, such requirements are imposed on inserts made of precious stones: rubies, diamonds, sapphires, emeralds.
From the tag you can understand how the amount that will have to be paid out upon purchase is determined.
- The price is for 1 gram of metal.
- The cost of the product.
In addition to all of the above, without fail, the OTK stamp (technical control department) must be present on the back of the label .
Reference! Some manufacturers also indicate the date of manufacture on the tag. But this information is not required.
But what information about the metal can be found in the label.
Type of precious metal
Having carefully read the tag, you will find out what metal the ring is made of .
Reference! Today, jewelry is made of gold, platinum, silver, palladium.
In addition, the sample is indicated on the label and the item itself (on a special marking). For different materials, it is indicated as a three-digit number . It indicates how much the metal itself weighs in the alloy. Indeed, almost all jewelry is made precisely from alloys based on some precious metal.
- Gold jewelry: labeled as: 999, 958, 750, 585, 583, 375. The 585 sample is especially common.
- Of silver - 999, 960, 925 (the most widely used), 830.
- Palladium - 500, 850.
- From platinum - 950, 900, 850.
Important! These figures show how much pure metal is in a thousand alloy units. At the same time, the stamp used for applying samples is the same for each jewelry made of this alloy. The standard is established by the state.
Details of the stone that contains the shortcut
If the ring has an insert in the form of a stone, then important information about it can also be found in the label. This is especially true for products with diamonds .
The following information can be obtained from the tag.
- The shape of the stone and the number of faces . For example, if the stone is round and has 45 faces, then the marking will be like this: KR-45.
- The color and clarity of the stone . This criterion is presented in the form of a ratio, for example, 2/4.
Important! The smaller the color, the smaller the first digit. The second indicates flaws in the stone (cracks, bubbles, etc.). The more of them, the higher the rate.
- Carat Weight . If the product has several different stones, then the weight of each is indicated, for the same, their number is written in front of the total weight.
- The quality of the cut . It is expressed in the literal meaning from A (higher) to G (lower).
Knowing all the subtleties of marking, you can easily navigate the proposed product and do not let you be misled.