Jeweller for personalized jewels FAQ

When a new guest enters my shop, it is almost certain that among the first things they ask is: “how much is a gram of gold here?”
The simplest thing would be just tell them a price and the matter would be settled. However, this issue is far more complex.

The price depends on several factors; the most important thing is that jewelry requires unique design or it is a series of manufactured products. When making a custom made product, there is always more work time involved, so the price of the item is higher and there is no duplicate. If the jewelry has a surface decoration on it such as engraving or metal embedding, this would also increases the price.

In the case of gemstone jewelry the price of stones can be very different; it depends on how rare rare the gemstones are. The price of jewelry is also influenced by how many karat (s) we choose.
I recommend 14 or 18k gold most often. Therefore, my short answer to the client's answer is:
grams usually start from 5,000 HUF.

What is the difference between white and yellow gold? Is white gold more expensive?

-Many people ask me why white gold is more expensive. My answer is that it is not more expensive .
Gold is the only metal on earth that due to the effect of alloying elements changes its color and this is when is fused with other metals. So we can talk about yellow, white, red, blue, green and pink shaded alloy.
The price of the alloys is determined by the color content. For example, the most common alloy is the 585 ‰ (per mile also called per thousand) color gold of 14 karat- gold.
If the remaining of 415 ‰ is pure silver then we can call it green gold: if it copper (red) then we call it red gold. The blue color of the gold is given by iron and the pink color is given is by aluminum.

White gold is much harder than the yellow alloy, so it's harder to process. Therefore, some goldsmiths charge a higher labor price for white gold jewelry, but the raw material itself is not more expensive.

What is platinum?

-Platinum is an extremely rare and very valuable metal with a grayish color. By its nature, it is completely tissue-friendly. Therefore, the properties of platinum make it suitable for medical device applications such as prosthetic. Its color makes it easy to confuse with white gold.
One of the main characteristics of platinum jewelry is that they are very wear-resistant and highly durable. However, the biggest advantage is that metal-allergy sufferers can also wear it.

How do alloy steel jewelry differ from gold?

Alloy steel jewelry is increasingly popular. Their advantage is that they are much cheaper than platinum, but they are hard and abrasion resistant; they possess characteristics of high -light so their beauty competes with gold. Nevertheless, their processing is rather difficult and requires great expertise.
In the United States of America and Germany they have become very popular especially among young people and increasingly is becoming more demanding in our country as well. The nickel-free version can be worn by metal-sensitive people also.

What is zirconium?

-The jewelry of mass production is usually decorated with zircons. This is a synthetic product that is made by the so-called drip-molding method borrowed from the electrical industry. The advantage is that it is very inexpensive and appealing. Nowadays such zirconium is produced that highly resemble diamond. Their disadvantage, however, is that the so-called mounting board or blades are soon worn out; therefore, the stone becomes matte and glassy after a while and it spoils the look of jewelry.
The zircons have a hardness of 7-8 Mohs while the air content of the air is 9 Mohs. The stones can become dingy with time without receiving any physical impact. The toughest material found on the earth is a diamond with a hardness of 10 Mohs, so it never wears down. The diamond is 140 times harder than the preceding element of the Mohs scale which is ruby.

How are stones embedded in jewelry?

-Many people mistakenly think stones are glued to jewelery. This method is used only for imitation jewelry. Genuine jewelry is embedded or placed. Embedding jewelry is a special profession within the goldsmith which requires a great deal of expertise and precision. Nothing proves this statement better than the value of a jeweled stone is often doubled after embedding! The embedding process in simplified explanation is the following: the goldsmith crafts the jewelry and prepares the "stone bed" by using tiny drills and mills to fit the stone exactly, and then uses a variety of "squeaking" tools to cut metal on the rim of the stone so that the stone is tightened into the bore and stays firmly there. The embedder or setter must have a great routine; if the tool slips slightly or the metal is pushed with too much force, the stone simply breaks or cracks. Different stones have different cracking tendencies, so there are stones that can be set easier or more difficult. It is interesting to note for example, the emeralds are so easy to break that one out of ten embedders/ setters undertakes to put them in jewelry at a high cost of course.

Why hallmark or stamping is important and necessary?

-It's very important to buy jewelry that include hallmark/stamping. This proves that the jewelry is made of a prescribed crafted alloy. It would be long and complicated process to go into details about the specifications exactly where the hallmark should be in a ring or chain. The main point is that the Hungarian hallmark laws require the use of hallmarks and its image must be enlarged and displayed in the shops. It should be noticed that different hallmarks are used for jewelry with different karats;it is different in silver, gold, and platinum. Alloy steel jewelry does not require hallmarking or stamping.

Along with the hallmark, we have to find another small sign which is the sign of the maker's so-called name sign. This is usually the monogram of the master/craftsman which always confirms who made the item. If there is no sign in the object, it is not possible to get a hallmark. The name-sign is printed by the maker and the hallmark by the Hungarian Precious Metal Certification Institute The purity grades 585 and 750 which serve as stamps are not counted as official signals!

How many karats? What is the karat?

-If we order jewelry, the goldsmith asks how many gold (k) of carat (s) should be made of? In this case, he is practically thinking of the metal alloy from which he will work with. How much fine gold and how many alloys it will contain. The 14 karat consist 585 ‰, the 18 karat 750 ‰, the 22 karat 916 ‰ fine gold, and the remainder is made up of different alloy in different colored gold.

-In the case of precious stones the Karat (ct) means different. One ct = 0.2 grams, that is, a 5 ct gemstone weighs exactly 1 gram. Outside Europe, green and momme are also used for the mass determination of precious stones.

Which goldsmith can we trust?

-As my master has always said that goldsmith is a trusting profession. Once I had a customer whom I told that I could only tighten his ring if I removed the precious gem before I sold it and I sold it back to the jewel as the stone would be discolored by the high heat caused during the soldering process.
He suspiciously said that he wanted to see me pull it out and to avoid replacing it with zirconium. What else could I do? I did not take the job. Why? Because if he assumed that I was going to cheat and did not trust me then he had to look for someone else to trust.
When we go to a doctor, we trust in his expertise and we trust him that he has prescribed a drug for us to heal. When we board a bus, we have to trust the driver's routine to cause no accident - we put our lives in his hand. The role of the goldsmiths is similar, because we leave with him old family memories, valuable objects, or we would like something made from valuable material. Then how do choose the right goldsmith?

Of course, it's best to ask our relatives and friends to recommend one. The Internet can also help you with your choice; you can quickly browse the introductory material of many companies by comparing their offerings. Once we have chosen the right goldsmith, it is a good idea to pay attention to the fact the operating license is displayed at your goldsmith's shop. In every case, we should ask for the invoice with a tax number on it in order to prove that we bought the jewelry there. For individual, more expensive jewelry the manufacturers also provide a certificate of their own; this is a is a so- called “the Certificate”.

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