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Trade Approved Scales for Weighing Jewellery

The jewellery scales and balances in this section can be commonly referred to as Trade Approved; this simply means that they can be used in any application for verifying the weight of a product which is sold to a market by weight or to ensure accurate contents on packaged goods.

The term 'Trade approved' can be used to broadly describe scales and balances that have been deemed suitable for use when buying and selling goods by weight through an authoritative government or legislative body (e.g the European Commission - EC type approved or OIML). These products are also known as Trade Stamped, Verified, Class III or Class II, EC Stamped, M Class Approved and some times Trading Standards Approved.

Jewellery scales for buying and selling commercially

A good example of verifying weight is the jewellery scale. Jewellery weighing scales need to be trade approved when selling precious metals such as gold to ensure that the digital weighing scale is recording accurate readings that can then be used to calculate value. Practising jewellery weighing on a non-trade approved scale could result in a potential loss in profit as the accuracy of the scale is not guaranteed for commercial use. Similarly, retail or Shop scales in your local supermarket are used to weigh fresh produce, meats and dairy, which are sold to you by weight and the price calculated at the checkout.

Packaged products are viewed differently, and the law relating to the weight of contents is designed to ensure that the item being purchased has a minimum content weight (indicated by the 'e' symbol on the product label). Whilst this is usually not applicable within the jewellery industry, jewellers dealing with large shipments from suppliers of raw materials such as precious gems or pearls may buy product in kilos, tonnes or ounces. Therefore it is important that the contents of the shipment are not less than the weight indicated. Shipments trading in weight like this will need to have been weighed on a trade approved scale to ensure the weight of the shipment matches the price quoted by the buyer in reference to the weight.

We provide a range of jewellery weighing scales from various suppliers; the Adam weighing scales listed first are generally available from stock or within a couple of days. Other digital weighing scales have delivery times that can be up to 10 working days, please call us to verify availability.

Need help? See our article on how to choose the best jewellery scale for your needs.

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    From: £235.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £325.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    6000g to 150kg
    Readability Range
    0.1g to 50g

    Adam Equipment GBK platform bench scales offer speed, performance and value. The GBK offers all the features needed for weighing, check weighing with LED limit indicators and parts counting with fully selectable sample or unit weight. Durable build for a variety of industries, the GBK bench scale can meet the demands of warehouse, production floor and general industrial, medical applications.

    UK trade approved bench checkweigher scale for accurately measuring jewellery in larger quantities.

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    From: £221.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £275.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    600g to 5000g
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 0.1g

    Adam Equipment’s Highland trade approved precision balances are well-suited for education, lab work, field use, food weighing and many industrial applications. The HCB is a portable, compact scale that easily fits on a worktop surface. This model features UK trade certification for selling food, cosmetics and other products by weight.

    UK trade certified scale for selling gold, jewels and other precious metals by weight.

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    From: £153.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £170.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    1000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 50g

    The SJ-EC is a low-cost, compact bench scale with UK trade approvals, ideally suited to any basic food weighing application where selling by weight is required. Perfect for home catering businesses, coffee shops and professional kitchens.

    UK trade approved scale suitable for selling food products by weight.

  4. From: £1,419.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,773.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 310g
    Readability Range
    0.0001g to 1.05g

    A&D GR trade approved analytical balances feature an internal automatic calibration function as well as an RS-232 data output and data logging as standard. Ideal for weighing pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

    High-performance, trade approved analytical balance suitable for calculating the mass of diamonds, pearls and gold to a high degree of precision. Includes carat, momme, tael and troy ounce weighing units.

  5. From: £788.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £985.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 3200g
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 0.01g

    The FZ-iWP trade approved precision balance brings top of the range performance to the price conscious. The Air Pump Controlled Internal Calibration system provides high-reliability & fail-safe calibration. Featuring 1 second stabilisation with the C-SHS Weight Sensor. This model offers significant waterproof and dust protection.

    One of A&D's best jewellery scales with UK trade approvals for weighing jewels, gold and metals in tiny increments.

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    From: £204.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £240.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    200g to 12kg
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 1g

    A&D's EX-i compact balances are a top-selling product designed for a range of applications including chemical, cosmetic, food and jewellery weighing. These digital balances incorporate a hygienic and chemically-resistant stainless steel weighing pan, while a unique triple-range weighing mode allows operators to conveniently change between standard precision to higher precision measurement for weighing tiny samples.

    Affordable, dependable jewellery scale for entry-level weighing applications. EC trade approved models can be used for selling gold and precious metals by weight.

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    £136.00  (Ex.VAT)
    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    3000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    1g to 10g

    The Raven trade approved retail scale facilitates efficient commercial weighing and price computing. Manufactured by Adam Equipment, the Raven comes complete with total price and unit price displays.The Raven is a trade approved scale with EU Type Examination certification.

    UK trade approved scale for selling products by weight

  8. From: £188.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £235.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    1000g to 30kg
    Readability Range
    0.5g to 20g

    A&D's SK-WP are constructed from waterproof stainless steel and can easily fit on small workbenches and worktops in commercial shop and food retail environments. Ideal for use in coffee shops, bakeries and other food outlets. SW-WP scales are UK trade certified for selling goods by weight.

    Durable, stainless steel scale with UK trade certification. Includes a curved weighing pan perfect for weighing small moveable items securely. Includes standard and trade approved models.

  9. From: £956.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,195.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    8.1kg to 31kg
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 0.1g

    High capacity top loading balances featuring high speed weighing and settling times. A&D's GX-K precision balances feature intelligent counting and percentage weighing functions ideal for use in laboratory environments. UK trade approved models.

  10. From: £1,571.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £1,963.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 320g
    Readability Range
    0.0001g to 1.05g

    The GH series of trade approved analytical and semi-micro balances offer extra large weighing chambers with anti-static coated glass, automatic internal calibration and GLP compliant outputs with RS-232 as standard. Trade approved models are certified for buying a selling health products by weight.

    One of A&D's best analytical balances for high precision weighing and testing applications. UK trade certified model.

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Trade Approved Scales Help

The M symbol has changed

Green M has changed to black

The M-mark and sticker that identifies scales as being verified as 'use for trade' has been changed from green to black. Some older stickers may also show a black M on a green background.

Q: Do I need to have trade approved scales for measuring jewellery?

A: In the UK it is illegal to sell items or produce by weight without using Trade approved scales, as a trader selling by weight you are responsible for ensuring that the digital weighing scales you use are suitable and are correctly 'stamped' for use within the UK. Additionally, using jewellery scales that are not trade approved risks losing profit on each product you sell as the weight of each item does not come with a legal guarantee. This legal requirement includes products requiring an average weight on the product label and includes bagged items and bottled items.

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