October 24, 2019 by Aura Jewels
Gold is one of the most admired metals that almost every Indian woman loves to wear. It is the most precious metal that stays strong and shining without losing its charm or value with time, provided it is pure gold. This is why it is important to educate yourself about gold before purchasing it so that you know that you are making an informed decision about its purity, standard, making charges, and more.
Is the gold pure?
Make sure you aren’t being fooled into buying fake gold. The purity of gold is measured in Carats, and every pure piece of gold is hallmarked with the Carat value stamped on it. So, whenever you are buying gold, be sure to check for its hallmark, which guarantees its purity. Also, so that the fake gold does not get hallmarked, the Bureau of Indian Standards has made it mandatory to have a proper BIS mark. Thus, you must check for the BIS Hallmark, along with the logo of the hallmarking center. Pure gold will also have inscribed the year of hallmarking and jeweller identification mark. When all of this is present on the gold, you can be sure that it is pure gold.
Gold making charges
Just like the rate of gold keeps fluctuating, so do the gold making charges from vendor to vendor. Making charges are the value charged by jewelers for the labour invested in manufacturing the piece of jewellery. This charge is fixed by the jeweller and may vary depending upon their brand value. So, there is no basic standard making charge, so you can speak to the jeweller beforehand to understand their making charges policies. Also, simple designs may have lesser making charges, while complex designs with gemstones to be inserted will have higher making charges. So, speak to the jeweller beforehand so as to avoid any hassles and confusions later. Remember, there is no standard gold making charge ever.
Handmade or machine modeled gold – Which is better?
Handmade jewellery is that which is crafted by hand as per your requirements, which guarantees that the piece is made on order and is unique in nature. Machine modeled gold, on the other hand, is mass produced by a pre-set machine. So, when you want a unique design, you should always opt for handmade gold. Obviously, handmade gold pieces are a little high priced because they are especially made for you by hand, but the quality that it gives is much higher as compared to regular machine modeled designs.
Where to buy your gold from? No matter where you buy your gold from, the above considerations are a must. Check for the BIS Hallmark and the jeweller identification mark. You may also ask the jeweller to present to you the purity certificate. However, we would always suggest that instead of buying your gold from any store, you always visit a trusted jeweller to ensure authenticity. If you are looking to buy your gold from the Silicon Valley of India, you could always walk into Aura Jewels, one of the best jewellery shops in Rajajinagar in Bangalore. Here, you will only get the best quality pure gold designs to choose from, or have your own designs customized by skilled and talented designers and artisans.