Stamps and hallmarks.
Poinçons et titres légaux.
Historically, hallmarks were applied by a trusted party : the guardians of the job (in France, the common house goldsmiths) or nowadays by an analysis office. They appoint an official mark applied to a precious metal object, especially to guarantee the title and origin.
There is talk of hallmark when a mark is stamped on an object by a manufacturer in order to demonstrate and guarantee its origin. They nonetheless guarantee a certain purity and fineness of the metal, thus the title.
Read also : hallmarks and karats in gold jewelry.
Lire aussi : les poinçons et les carats dans les bijoux en or.
As the marks are mostly marked content in thousandths (916, 750, 585 …) surrounded by a diamond or not.
In some cases, one can also see appear directly mention the 18 or 14K.
Here is a brief list of official French punches as the carat jewelry.
The presence of a marking is not necessarily a sign jewelry in gold. then distinguished legal title to punch than the manufacturer. The gold plated jewelery generally have a square punch hollow with the maker’s mark.
Among the plated brands include:
- GL (Georges Legros)
- GP for Gold Plated
- The mention “Doublé“