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Gold Buying Tips - Know these facts first

Written By Sambasivarao on Monday, February 16, 2015 | Monday, February 16, 2015

Buying Gold Jewellery? - Know the facts first!

Buying Gold Jewellery
Few technical jargon related to Gold Jewels...
Carat (K): Its the unit of purity of gold. As per the calculation below, 24K Gold is nearly 99.9% pure gold. 24K Gold is suggested for Golden Ornaments of more than 10 Sovereigns and remember there is no guarantee for the Jewels, since they may lose the shape even with normal usage.
Gold Carat Calculation
916 KDM (or) 22K Gold: Most of the Gold Jewels made in India are of 22K Gold. Cadmium or Kadium (KDM) use to be one of the metal mixed with Gold to make it strong, so that beautiful intricate designs can be made. Cadmium is safe in the finished gold products, but very dangerous in the manufacturing process. Some countries banned Cadmium to be used in gold ornaments. In that case, the alloy would be the combination of Silver, Copper and Zinc. (The % of these metals varies, depends on the manufacturer). 916 KDM Gold is a gold alloy of Gold and (Silver + Copper + Zinc) with roughly 91.6% of pure gold which is 22K Gold. Though we do not use Cadmium in most cases, we still use the name KDM. Look at the below calculation.
Gold Carat Calculation 22K
18K Gold: 18K Gold is 75% of pure Gold and 25% of other metals. Using the above formula, you can decide the percentage of pure gold in your gold ornaments.
BIS Hallmark: The Government of India formed Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in the year 1987, which is the only institution in India, authorized to hallmark golden Jewelry. The Jewellers has to obtain a license from BIS for a fee and hallmark the jewel they make with BIS logo. BIS maintains market surveillance on the certified jewellers, on random basis. Market surveillance involves collection of Hallmarked Gold Jewelry from licensee's retail outlet/manufacturing premises and having it tested for conformity in BIS recognized hallmarking center. Deviations in degree of purity of gold and operation not in conformance to the system may result in cancellation of BIS license.
Gold BIS Hallmark
Most of the Gold Smiths print the word "916" or "916 KDM" on the Jewels without the logo. Many jewellers will show you these printed numbers and claim that they are 916 KDM Jewels. Do not listen to the jewellers. Just look for the above logo. If you do not find the logo in the Jewels, it means that the specific Jewel is NOT verified for the purity of gold and you are being cheated.
Please purchase the Gold Ornaments, ONLY if it is hallmarked with BIS logo.
Sovereign: It is actually a gold coin of United Kingdom issued way back in 1817, which is valued roughly at one Pound Sterling. The weight of the gold coin is roughly 7.988052 grams. Even after British left India, we still use the term "Sovereign" as a unit to measure gold jewelry.
1 Sovereign = 8 grams of Gold.
Wastage Charges: When the Gold Smith makes the gold jewel, it is assumed that some portion of the gold is wasted. Technically he recovers everything from the chemicals, the "assumed wastage" of gold is charged to the customers.
Making Charges: The charges you pay to the Gold Smith to make the Jewel out of raw gold.
Hallmarking Charges: BIS certified Assaying and Hallmarking centers hallmarks the gold for Rs.25 per gold ornament. (As of August 1st, 2012). You don't need to pay that amount. It should already be covered in any of the charges above. If you are being asked to pay more than Rs. 25, please tell the Jewellers that you would pay the amount, but would need the bill to explicitly mention the BIS hallmarking charges and the Assaying center's name and address and you would register a complaint with BIS for this.
What percentage you can give?. Now a days, the Jewellers combine both the charges into one, (either wastage or making charges) so that you feel you are being charged less. Just a psychological effect. With the information collected from my friends in Bangalore, Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu, I can conclude that the combined charges of ...
Less than 8% -- You are brilliant in negotiation. Please teach me the tricks!

8% - 10% -- Average.
10% - 13% -- The maximum you should give, however complicate the design is.
More than 13% -- You are being cheated.

It was like this, when we bought Thali Kodi for my wife and a Short Chain for me. I saved my hard earned money of Rs. 3,816 from the Jewellers.
PersonThali KodiShort ChainTime Taken
Salesman13%16%5 Minutes
Manager10%13%5 Minutes
Manager9.5%13%10 Minutes

Remember the below:

  • No one does business for loss or charity.
  • Never feel shy to negotiate for Gold. Its your money. Even after you negotiated for a good %, you could as for a flat discount.
  • The Jewellers are already millionaires. By paying them more "free money" you are making them rich. In turn they will open more Showrooms. Who benefits?. Think!. Definitely, you lose.
  • Instead, you could bargain & donate the money to your favorite charity. Society benefits !.

Things to remember while exchanging gold...

  • Never pay a single paise for melting charges / usage charges or whatever charge they impose.
  • The Gold must be exchanged for the current gold price. Never accept any price lesser than that.
  • If you are in a hurry and they do not reduce, please ask them a letter mentioning the charges that you are paying for exchanging the gold and tell them that you will take that up with BIS.
  • If you are not in a hurry, move on to the next shop
Thanks to the sources:

Refer : http://www.bemoneyaware.com/blog/price-of-gold-ornament/

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  1. I never really understood how the value of gold was calculated. I'll for sure save this page and refer back to the Carat equations. My wife and I are looking to invest in gold and had wondered the exact value of weight and worth of some of our possessions that have gold in them.

  2. I like your tip about not feeling shy when negotiating for gold. I think it is fun trying to negotiate and get the best price possible. I'm not very good at it, but I like trying. Do you have any negotiation tips that I could try.


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