Importance of Certification
~> For Gold Certifications
Buying gold jewellery in India is the most common thing for all class of people. But, do you know if your jewellery is not hallmarked then the amount you invested in precious metal is not worth.
First, let us understand what Hallmark is?
Hallmark on gold jewellery basically indicates the purity of gold. It is a guarantee of fineness of the gold as determined by BIS. In India, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the accreditation agency which certifies and hallmark gold jewellery. This BIS system of hallmarking began on April, 2000. A hallmark consists of carat, stamp of BIS, year of mark and jeweller's identification mark.
A three digit number on hallmark indicates purity of gold. For example, a BIS 916 hallmark means 91.6 percent purity of gold for 22 carat gold, 750 would mean to 18 carat purity.
According to BIS standards, the fineness marks are the 958, 916, 875, 750, 585 and 375 indicating 23, 22, 21, 18, 14 and 9 carat, respectively.
BIS stamp i.e. a triangle indicates that the jewellery has been assessed. Code letter represents the year of hallmarking and is decided by BIS only. For example letter 'A' denotes year 2000 and letter 'J' denotes for 2008. The BIS hallmark also carries the jeweller's stamp to indicate that the jeweller is BIS certified.
~> For Diamond Certifications
Certified diamonds are diamonds that have been graded by a gem laboratory based on their "4 C" attributes of Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight. When shopping for a diamond, it is highly recommended to purchase a certified diamond to ensure the quality of the stone.
Certified diamonds have been verified for quality, allowing consumers to purchase with confidence based on the attributes of the diamond rather than blindly trusting the sales pitch of the retailer. When armed with a grading certificate, consumers have a pretty good idea of what the diamond will look like without having to see it in person. Certified diamonds also:
Hold their value better than their non-certified counterparts, especially for resale and upgrading purposes
Simplify the comparison process, it's much easier to compare certified diamonds based on the 4 Cs than it is to rely on visual inspection alone
Broaden the shopping base to include online retailers, resulting in significant savings
When purchasing certified diamonds, be sure the diamond certification is from a third-party laboratory rather than one associated with the store, jeweller, or Online, who may offer a biased opinion to facilitate the sale. Also, verify that the third-party laboratory has a history of stringent grading practices and that they've been in business long enough to establish a solid reputation in the jewellery industry. Brilliance recommends the following laboratories, in order of preference: GIA, IGI, SGL, EGL, GS and GSL.
Our Certification :
>>Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Government of India' has identified BIS a sole agency in India to operate this scheme. BIS hallmarking Scheme is voluntary in nature and is operating under BIS Act, Rules and Regulations. It operates on the basis of trust and thus it is desirable that aspect of quality control are in built in the system responsible for managing quality.
The BIS Hallmarking Scheme has been aligned with International criteria on hallmarking (Vienna Convention 1972). As per this scheme, licence is granted to the jewellers by BIS under Hallmarking Scheme. The BIS certified jewellers can get their jewellery hallmarked from any of the BIS recognized Assaying and Hallmarking Centre. The recognition to an Assaying and Hallmarking Centre is given against BIS criteria Doc: HMS/RAHC/GO1 which is in line with International criteria on Marking and Control of Precious metals.
BIS also maintains market surveillance on the certified jewellers, at a defined periodicity on random basis. Market surveillance involves collection of Hallmarked Gold Jewellary from licencee's retail outlet/manufacturing premises and having it tested for conformity in BIS recognized hallmarking centre.
Deviations in degree of purity of fine metal and observance of operation not in conformance to the system may result in cancellation of BIS recognition of the centre as per provisions under the BIS act, rules and regulations.
Visit their website for more details: www.bis.org.in
>>Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. Present in 13 countries, with 7 campuses, 4 research centres and 9 grading laboratories, GIA grades and identifies some of the world’s most important gemstones.
GIA is a nonprofit institution dedicated to continuous education and research in the field of gems and jewellery.
GIA’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.
GIA created global standards to accurately determine the quality of diamonds (4Cs – Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight), coloured stones and pearls (7 Pearl Value Factors™ - Size, Shape, Colour, Nacre, Lustre, Surface and Matching).
GIA has supported the journey of the global gem and jewellery industry through breakthrough gemmological research, unbiased analysis of gemstone quality and by providing the most respected professional credentials.
Visit their website for more details: www.giaindia.in
>>International Gemological Institute (IGI)
IGI's supreme position in the gemological world is no coincidence. It is the result of continuous research, support and synergy with professionals and consumers alike.
Around the world, IGI certificates bring confidence when buying or selling diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. Total commitment to understanding consumer concerns has motivated IGI to develop comprehensive analysis and clear documentation for consumers. This empowers jewelry buyers to focus on finding precisely what they want, with full assurance in the integrity and quality of the IGI certification.
IGI is the largest organization of its kind, with operating laboratories & offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Thrissur, Jaipur, Surat, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. The IGI School of Gemology has locations in Antwerp, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Surat, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Dubai, Shanghai, Rome, Ascoli Piceno, Trecastagni, Cavalese, Marcianise and offers a variety of courses designed for professionals and consumer enthusiasts alike.
A certificate from IGI represents the all-important 5th C that no one should be without: Confidence. As the world's largest independent gem certification and appraisal institute for diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry, IGI is a standard of excellence for industry professionals and consumers around the globe.
>>Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories Ltd (SGL)
SGL (Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories), is one of the leading gemmological laboratories in the world, that provides professional gemstone identification and grading services to the gems and jewellery industry.
All SGL laboratories, as a part of the seamless network use the same system, process, technology and methodology globally to provide top of the line service to the gems and jewellery industry.Combining innovative thinking, new technology and values such as integrity and commitment, we have built gemmological laboratories equipped to meet the ever so evolving challenges of the industry. We strive to protect diamond retailers, manufacturers, traders and the end consumers, by providing them with the highest quality reports and professional services.
SGL grades each stone with thorough detail supported by the latest technology and vast gemmological expertise by a highly qualified team.
SGL is always committed towards contributing and maintaining a healthy and sustainable gemstone industry and it is our mission to protect our clients and the trade by providing them with accurate and relevant information on gemstones. This will help us to benchmark our presence as one of the leading gemmological laboratories around the world.
>>EGL INDIA (EGL)
E.G.L. reigns supreme in the world of diamond grading. Started in 1973, E.G.L. is the largest independent network of gemological laboratories. E.G.L.'s belief in proficiency, professionalism and perfection has enabled it to become a dominating force in the world of gemological testing and education. Founded by Mr. Guy Margel in Antwerp Belgium.
E.G.L. has expanded its frontiers to different parts of the world i.e. South Africa, U.K., Turkey, France, Israel, U.S.A, and South Korea. E.G.L. provides thorough and consistent Quality analysis reports on diamonds and diamond jewellery. It imparts in depth comprehensive training to empower students with internationally recognized diplomas in Diamond Grading and Jewellery Designing.
E.G.L. has its strong infrastructure base in India with laboratory in Mumbai [BKC, SEEPZ, Opera House], Ahmedabad, Surat, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, headed by Mr.Pritesh Jhaveri. Mr. Pritesh Jhaveri pioneered diamond grading certification in India with his mother company IGL.
Innovative transparency and accuracy on analysis report and genuine customer satisfaction attracted E.G.L. to merge its expertise with IGL. The joint venture of Mr. Jhaveri's IGL and E.G.L.'s international standardization- Make E.G.L. India a supreme force in diamond grading.
Visit their website for more details: www.eglindia.com
>>GS Laboratories (GSL)
GS Laboratories (GSL) was incorporated in 1985 as an independent gemological laboratory providing unbiased and professional diamond grading and jewelry appraisal services to the jewelry trade and public.
Its Canadian operation in Toronto has grown to become the largest and most prominent diamond grading and jewelry grading laboratory in Canada. GSL Toronto was the first gemological laboratory in North America to be registered ISO 9001:2000. In 2003, GSL expanded into the United States, opening a branch in Dallas, Texas, to serve the American market. In 2006, the company opened its first laboratory in India, located in Mumbai, to provide its services to the ever-growing Indian diamond industry. The success of this lab prompted GSL to expand further in India, with a second lab opening in 2007 in Chennai, India. As of 2007, all branches of GS Laboratories are certified ISO 9001:2000 registered.
All four locations of GS Laboratories are fully equipped with state-of-the-art gemological equipment as well as laser inscription technology for diamonds. GSL is committed to being on the leading edge of the gemological and appraising profession, by continually updating skills, keeping abreast of all gemological advances and discoveries, and investing in continued research and development in the diamond grading and jewelry appraisal fields.
GSL services are utilized internationally by the largest retail jewelry chains, diamond cutters, importers and wholesalers, independent jewelry stores, jewelry manufacturers, law and accounting firms, insurance brokers, and the public consumer.
GS Laboratories, throughout the years and with increasing international presence, has garnered an impeccable reputation as consistently providing the highest quality and most precise grading and appraisal services.
Our Gemologists :
Gemologists at GS Laboratories are the most highly qualified in their profession, with years of diamond grading and jewelry appraisal experience. All gemologists at GSL are certified by leading educational gemological institutes.
>>Gem Studies Laboratory (GSL)
Gem Studies Laboratory (GSL) was founded over 30 years ago to meet the demand in Australia for a first-rate diamond grading and gem testing laboratory.
Today it has become the best known fully operating independent diamond certification and gem identification laboratory in Australia.
Since its beginnings, GSL has provided diamond certification and gem authentication reports to established world standards, constantly developing and adapting its Laboratory procedures so as to remain at the forefront of the Gem and Jewellery industry in Australia and in line with world respected overseas laboratories.
As a result, the reports provided by GSL are recognised and respected the world over.