Hallmarks

Hallmarks, sometimes also known as fineness marks, indicate the metal at the core of your jewellery piece rather than the outer plating and denote the content of precious metals within.

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About the purity

A hallmark is one or a series of marks stamped onto items made of precious metals to guarantee a certain purity, fineness or origin.

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About two-tone metal designs

Designs made from a two-tone metal combination of sterling silver and 14ct gold will normally carry the hallmarks of both alloys.

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Enough gold?

On some jewellery pieces the gold details are too small to make it possible to add the gold hallmark. In such cases, the S925 G585 ALE hallmark is stamped on the sterling silver part of the design or, as is the case in China, the G585 hallmark is omitted.

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About the industry standards

Pandora is certified against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) Code of Practice, which addresses standards of product disclosures and hallmarking.

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About the origin of Pandora jewellery

All authentic Pandora jewellery displays a number of hallmarks that identify the purity of the metal and the origin of the jewellery.

Pandora hallmarks

Some countries require other jewellery stamps, which we meet by adding additional hallmarks to jewellery sold in these countries or which are added by a third party after import and before sale.

In addition to the maker’s mark, the Pandora Crown O appears on some jewellery pieces and the MET hallmark has been introduced for other metals such as Pandora Rose and Pandora Shine. Older Pandora Shine pieces made with a sterling silver core are hallmarked with S925. Jewellery made from 14ct gold is stamped with 'G' for gold, followed by the purity, stated as pure gold parts per thousand: G585 (58.5% pure gold). Jewellery manufactured prior to 2011 does not carry the “S” or “G” markings, which were added due to regulations in Asia.

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Common hallmarks

Yellow, white, and pink gold
990 = 24k gold = 99.9% gold
750 = 18k gold = 75% gold + alloy
585 = 14k gold = 58.5% gold + alloy
416 = 10k gold = 41.6% + alloy
375 = 9k gold = 37.5% gold + alloy


Silver
S925 = sterling silver = 92.5% silver + alloy

Two-tone jewellery designs

Designs made from a two-tone metal combination of sterling silver and 14ct gold will normally carry the hallmarks of both alloys. However, on some jewellery pieces the gold details are too small to make it physically possible to add the gold hallmark. In such cases, the S925 G585 ALE hallmark is stamped on the sterling silver part of the design or, as is the case in China, the G585 hallmark is omitted.

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