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Jewelry policy

Jewelry purchases can often be of high value so it’s important that items are described properly and listed in the correct category.

Our policy for listing in categories and subcategories are defined based on the specific composition of the item, so it's important to understand exactly what the item is made of before listing.

What is the policy?

Fine jewelry

If any part of the item is fine, including the gemstone(s) or the setting, the item should be listed in the Fine Jewelry category.

Fine metals

Gold of 10 karats or higher (yellow, rose, white), silver of 925 parts per 1000 pure silver or above, platinum group metals of 850 parts per 1000 pure platinum or above, black rhodium plated silver, bonded gold and silver (if gold plated sterling silver), brass plated gold (greater than 10k gold), chocolate gold, gold plated silver, green gold, palladium, platinum, platinum flashed silver, platinum plated (if platinum plated sterling silver), platinum plated silver, rhodium flashed silver, rhodium plated gold, rhodium plated gold and silver, rhodium plated silver, rhodium plated white gold, rhodium plated yellow gold, rose gold flashed silver, sterling silver, tri-color gold, vermeil, white gold plated silver, yellow gold flashed silver, yellow gold plated silver.

Fine gemstones

Alexandrite, almandine-garnet, amber, amethyst, ametrine, ammolite, andalusite, aquamarine, beryl, black diamond, black opal, blue diamond, blue opal, blue sapphire, blue topaz, blue zircon, boulder opal, brown diamond, cats eye, champagne diamond, chrome diopside, chrysoberyl, chrysoprase, citrine, corundum, demantoid garnet, diamond, emerald, fire opal, garnet, golden topaz, green garnet, green quartz, green sapphire, green tourmaline, grossular garnet, heliodor, hessonite, hiddenite, honey amber, imperial topaz, indicolite, indicolite tourmaline, iolite, jade, jadeite, jet, kunzite, kyanite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, lemon quartz, London blue topaz, madeira citrine, malachite, mandarin garnet, mint tourmaline, moldavite, moonstone, morganite, opal, padparadscha, paraiba, Paraiba tourmaline, peridot, pink diamond, pink quartz, pink sapphire, pink topaz, pink tourmaline, prasiolite quartz, purple jade, purple spinel, pyrope garnet, quartz, red diamond, rhodolite garnet, rose quartz, rubelite, rubellite tourmaline, ruby, sapphire, smoky quartz, spessartite garnet, sphene, yellow topaz.

Fashion jewelry

If no part of the item is considered fine, the item should be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category.

Fashion metals

Fashion jewelry includes jewelry made with an underlying base metal in this list and plated with a precious metal: alloy base, brass, brass plated gold (less than 10k gold), bronze, cobalt, copper, enamel, epoxy, glass, gold-filled, gold-foiled, gold plated base, gold plated copper, horn, iron pyrite, leather, nickel, pewter, plastic, resin, rhinestone, rhodium plated base metal, rhodium plated brass, rhodium plated bronze, rose gold plated base, rubber, shell, silver plated base, silver plated bronze, stainless steel, titanium, tungsten, wood, yellow gold plated bronze.

Fashion gemstones

Agate, amazonite, amblygonite, apatite, aventurine, azurite, bloodstone, blue amber, blue chalcedony, brazanite, butterscotch amber, calcite, caribbean amber, carnelian, celestite, chalcedony, charoite, cherry amber, cinnabar, created alexandrite, created amethyst, created aquamarine, created blue sapphire, created emerald, created garnet, created opal, created padparadscha, created peridot, created pink sapphire, created quartz, created ruby, created sapphire, created topaz, created white sapphire, created yellow sapphire, cubic zirconia, danburite, diaspore, diopside, drusy quartz, dumortierite, dyed howlite, fluorite, fuschite, gaspeite, goldstone, goshenite, green amber, green chalcedony, green gold, hauyne, hematite, hermatine, hickoryite, howlite, iron pyrite, jasper, larimar, lavender chalcedony, magnesite, marcasite, medusa quartz, moissanite, multi-color amber, mystic topaz, obsidian, onyx, orange chalcedony, ouro verde quartz, petalite, pezzottaite, pink chalcedony, prehnite, quartzite, quartzose, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, rutilated quartz, sardonyx, scapolite, sea blue chalcedony, serpentine, shanseres, sodalite, sphalerite, stabilized turquoise, strontium titanate, sunstone feldspar, swedish slag, synthetic turquoise, tashmarine diopside, white sapphire, white topaz, yellow scapolite, yttrium aluminium garnet, zandrite.

Metals

  1. Plated or filled metals must be clearly described in all parts of the listing, including title, item specifics and description.
  2. Platinum, gold, and silver items must meet applicable laws for stamping:
    • Gold stamps: 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 24k
    • Silver stamps: Sterling Silver, .925, .999
    • Platinum stamps: Plat, Pt, 950Plat, 900Pt

Gemstones and beads

1. Gemstones must clearly describe the creation method or treatment in all parts of the listing, including title, item specifics and description.

Natural

Choose this option only if you have an unenhanced, untreated, natural gemstone.

Treated

If you are listing a natural gemstone that has been treated (for example: dyed to enhance the color), you are required to specify the treatment in the item specifics and description. You must also clearly specify the following in the item description:

    • The treatment is not permanent and loses its effect over time;
    • The treatment creates special care requirements for the gemstone to retain the benefits; and
    • The treatment has a significant effect on the gemstone's value
Lab-created

Select this option only if you are listing a lab-created gemstone that has the same mineral composition as a natural gemstone. Do not list a lab-created gemstone in the Fine Jewelry category unless it is accompanied by a fine metal setting or other fine gemstone. You are required to identify the gemstone as "lab-created" in the title, item specifics and description immediately preceding the name of the lab-created gemstone. All lab-created gemstones not mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone should be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category.

Simulated

Select this option if you are listing a simulated gemstone that has the same appearance but not the same mineral composition as a natural gemstone. A simulated gemstone should only be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category unless it is mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone, in which case it should be listed in the Other or Simulated categories. If the mineral composition of the gemstone is different from the natural gemstone, you are required to identify the gemstone as "simulated" in the title, items specifics and description immediately preceding the name of the simulated gemstone. For example, "simulated ruby." All simulated gemstones not mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone should be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category.

Unknown

If you do not know if the gemstone has been enhanced or treated, or if it is lab-created or simulated, you should consider having the gemstone certified. All unknown gemstones should be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category unless mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone.

 

2. Loose Beads can only be listed in the Loose Beads category.

Diamonds

1. Diamonds must clearly describe the creation method or treatment in all parts of the listing, including title, item specifics and description.

Natural, not enhanced

Choose this option only if you have an unenhanced, natural diamond.

Enhanced

If you are listing a natural diamond that has been enhanced (for example, "clarity-enhanced" to reduce flaws, dyed, etc.), you are required to include "enhanced" in the title and to specify the enhancement in the item specifics and description.

Lab-created

Select this option only if you are listing a lab-created diamond that has the same mineral composition as a natural diamond. Do not list a lab-created diamond in the Fine Jewelry category unless it is accompanied by a fine metal setting or other fine gemstone. You are required to identify the diamond as "lab-created" in the title, item specifics and description immediately preceding the name of the lab-created diamond. All lab-created diamonds not mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone should be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category.

Simulated

Select this option if you are listing a simulated diamond that has the same appearance but not the same mineral composition as a natural diamond. A simulated diamond should only be listed in the fashion jewelry category unless it is mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone, in which case it should be listed in the Other or Simulated categories. If the mineral composition of the diamond is different from the natural diamond, you are required to identify the diamond as "simulated" in the title, item specifics and description immediately preceding the name of the simulated diamond. All simulated diamonds not mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a Fine Gemstone should be listed in the Fashion Jewelry category.

Unknown

If you do not know if the diamond has been enhanced, or if it is lab-created or simulated, you should consider having the diamond certified. All unknown diamonds should be listed in the fashion jewelry category unless mounted on a fine metal setting or accompanied by a fine gemstone.

 

2. A diamond is a mineral consisting essentially of pure carbon, crystallized in the isometric system with a hardness of 10, specific gravity of approximately 3.52 and refractive index of 2.42.

    • If the gemstone does not meet the above definition for a diamond, you cannot list your item in the Diamond or Fine Jewelry category. If the mineral composition of the gemstone is different from the natural gemstone, you must clearly identify the item as such in all areas of your listing and product. For example, use words like "simulated" immediately preceding the use of diamond. You must also clearly describe the actual material the gemstone is made of in the item specifics and description, such as cubic zirconia, glass, rhinestone, etc.

3. eBay prohibits the sale of diamonds, other gemstones and metals that are sourced from countries with civil conflict or that do not comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). When listing jewelry on eBay you agree that any item you are listing is not associated with civil conflict, terrorism or other criminal activity and complies with KPCS.

4. All rough diamonds must be listed in the Loose Diamonds & Gemstones > Diamonds (Rough Natural) category and must comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). All listings and products for rough diamonds on eBay must state that the seller complies with the Kimberley Process and that the diamond is accompanied by a Kimberley Process certificate.

Certification

Certification of jewelry items must be performed by reputable companies. We may not allow certain certification companies to be used on eBay. An example of a reputable company that you may choose to consult with is GIA (Gemological Institute of America Inc.)

Niihau shell jewelry

The state of Hawaii regulates the sale and advertisement of jewelry made from the rare shells that come from the Hawaiian island of Niihau. If you'd like to sell an item made from these shells, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • You can use the word "Niihau" or any variation of it, such as "Ni'ihau" or "Niihaun," as long as you can certify in your listing and product that the item was made in Hawaii with 100 percent genuine Niihau shells. If you use those words, make sure you comply with Hawaiian law, specifically Hawaii Revised Statute § 486-118.5 - opens in new window or tab
  • To describe that a piece has Niihau shells, it has to consist of at least 80% Niihau shells and be made in Hawaii. In your listing and product, you need to specify the exact percentage of Niihau shells that actually came from the island of Niihau, its waters, or its beaches

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.

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Why does eBay have this policy?

The sale of jewelry is heavily regulated. Our policy helps ensure both buyers and sellers understand their responsibilities and are protected in these transactions.

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