How to read a Gold Hallmark

The Basics

When identifying gold the basic principles are to find out the some key facts about the piece of jewellery.

  • Date
  • Place of Origin
  • Gold Content or Purity %

The Hallmark Shapes

Perhaps the first thing to look for and the easiest by far is the shape.The Gold hallmark is represented with a rectangle shape with angled corners . Although this is not an exclusive mark for gold, many hallmarks have a rounded rectangle and some bear the shape of 2 circles pushed into a rounded rectangle.

Within this shape, you will normally find the gold purity marks, numbers. they can often be nested in between scales to indicate the purity mark.