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A genuine article that has been altered or added to for the purpose of enhancing its market value, such as:

  • a finger ring that at a later date has been enamelled in black to make it appear to be a rare piece of memorial jewelry or mourning jewelry
  • a piece of jewelry to which some additional gemstones have been added later
  • a piece of jewelry to which an inscription or maker's mark has been added
  • a gold or silver article bearing a hallmark, where the mark has been altered or a new one soldered on in order to indicate an earlier date
  • a diamond that has been subjected to irradiation to change its colours. 6. a zircon made colourless by heat treatment to simulate a diamond

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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