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What are the Retail Gold Investment Principles (RGIPs)

What are the Retail Gold Investment Principles (RGIPs)… and more importantly, how does it impact investors?

Retail Gold is global — with private investors holding approximately 45,000 tonnes of Gold in bars and coins (that’s around 22% of all the Gold mined throughout history). In fact, bar and coin demand accounts for 25% of annual global Gold demand — representing over 1,000t of retail Gold investment each year. But, beyond bars, coins, and collectibles, Gold ownership has long transcended the need for physical storage. As technology continues to pervade many aspects in our modern lifestyles, investors have also now begun to own Gold in digital formats vaulted on investor’s behalf and operated via mobile apps and websites.

Although retail Gold markets generally operate under local regulation in different jurisdictions, more initiatives were mooted on ways to enhance transparency and build further trust in the retail Gold marketplace. Subsequently, after conducting in-depth research globally, the World Gold Council developed the Retail Gold Investment Principles (RGIPs) as a set of guidelines to steer deeper trust and build relationship between Gold investors and their service providers for a sustainable healthier retail Gold marketplace.

Determined to benefit both retail investors and industry practitioners, the RGIPs was first established by The World Gold Council in August 2020. A recommended checklist of seven listed principles form the basis of how service providers should operate and how investors can identify trustworthy providers fulfilling these guidelines in the diverse retail Gold market.

Since its release, the World Gold Council’s guides have made quite the global impact with adoption in key markets like Singapore, India, China, Germany and North America. Subsequently, the World Gold Council continues to advocate adherence to the Retail Gold Investment Principles by engaging providers and stakeholders worldwide.

These efforts include:

  • Tailoring and detailing the principles and guidance to local market requirements
  • Establishing industry working groups
  • Evaluating ways providers can independently demonstrate that they conform to the principles, and more

So this is just our first snippet of RGIPs and we hope that you have a better understanding of why this topic will feature regularly in our upcoming articles. We will be covering each principle area in the coming weeks so please stay tuned to our blog. Feel free to reach out to us at +65 62229703 or [email protected] if you have any feedback or comments to add. Meanwhile, stay safe.


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Kim Gold, with a focus on sustainability, renewability and transparency in pricing, launches her pre-loved jewellery brand.

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Kim Gold, with a focus on sustainability, renewability and transparency in pricing, launches her pre-loved jewellery brand.


Kim means Gold in two Chinese dialects, Hakka and Hokkien. Kim’s Chinese name“锦” is often associated with breathtaking sceneries好景(锦)象, bright prospects or glorious future. The “passing” of the pre-loved jewellery to the next owner is a symbolism of passing the beauty of Mother Nature in its current splendour to the next generation so they too can adore her beauty.



Kim Gold believes that sustainable fashion should be an integral part of sustainable living.  Simple changes like opting for pre-loved jewellery helps lessen the demand to produce new jewellery. By doing so, this helps to reduce significant environmental implications or negative externalities that is brought about by sourcing or mining for new Gold.



At Kim Gold, jewellery is sold by Gold weight per gram plus a transparent premium (Kim Gold fee). Kim Gold offers this unique transparent pricing model for jewellery, allowing clients to clearly know their metal value and the revenue earned by Kim Gold. This is in line with one of Kim Gold’s mission; ensuring transparency (pricing and processes) and to uphold the value of putting clients at the heart of our business.



For Kim Gold’s launch, 3 featured series will first be introduced: Abacus Series, Wedding Series and Duo Glitter Series. Other exciting jewellery series will be introduced in the next few months.



Stringent processes in ensuring the authenticity and quality including cleaning and disinfecting of Kim Gold’s jewellery are put in place. This provides clients with a piece of mind and confidence in the jewellery pieces they will buy from Kim Gold.



“Kim Gold is a brand GSC created to provide clients with more value for their jewellery and also empower our valued clients in their pursuit of ethical, responsible purchase and sustainable living.” Said Brian Lan, Managing Director of GoldSilver Central.





For media requests, please contact:

Evonne Seow

Senior Branding & Marketing Executive


Kim Gold

T: (65) 6222 9703

E: [email protected]


For further information, please visit:

T: (65) 6222 9703

E: [email protected]



About GoldSilver Central


GoldSilver Central Pte Ltd, a Singapore registered company since 2011 specialises in physical bullion trading in gold, silver and platinum at real-time pricing, industry bullion supply, bullion buying and selling, collateral loan and secured storage under GoldSilver Central’s Bullion Storage Program at the Le Freeport.


GoldSilver Central has been awarded Authorised Distributorship for Perth Mint products and also the Authorised Dealer for the Government Guaranteed Perth Mint Certificate Program. GoldSilver Central differentiates itself from its competitors with its full suite of integrated precious metals products and bullion services with a focus on making physical bullion investment accessible and liquid to the individual, at leading competitive rates.

GoldSilver Central is a current local associate corporate member of the Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA), formed in 1993 to support Singapore’s goal to be a physical bullion hub in Southeast Asia.


For further information, please visit
Contact email: [email protected] | Tel : (65) 6222 9703
GoldSilver Central’s office is located at 03 Pickering Street #01-15/16 Nankin Row Singapore 048660.

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Jewellery guide: Ensuring authenticity of pre-loved jewellery

We understand authenticity is one of the greatest concerns when comes to buying pre-loved jewellery. Other than buying from a legitimate or reputable gold dealer to lower counterfeit risks, what else can we do to ensure the authenticity of the jewellery to avoid disappointment and losses? Here are some general guides which may be useful for consumers.

Hallmark: Gold jewellery is usually stamped with markings indicating its purity in terms of karat. For example, a “916”stamp means that the piece is 91.6% of it is gold, which corresponds to 22 karats. However, there is no guarantee that the stamp is accurate especially for hallmarks not done in Singapore and for jewellery bought long ago.


Magnetic test:

Pure Gold will not be attracted to a magnet. At Kim Gold, we have a Magnetic Bullion Tester to measure the attraction of the Gold pieces to the strong magnet in the device. At home, you can simply test it with magnet. If your gold was attracted to a magnet, you know for sure it is not pure gold and the Gold content of the item might be low.




Gold Testing Machine:

Kim Gold uses a XRF Analyzer to authenticate all pre-loved jewellery. The machines can analyze the exact composition of metals within the jewellery for example the percentage of Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc content it contains just to name a few. Clients can have full confidence in the authenticity of the jewellery bought from Kim Gold.




We hope that you have learnt something from our guide to buying pre-loved jewellery. If you have doubt in your gold jewellery, feel free to send us a message! At Kim Gold, we are proud to have a team of in house jewellery experts to resolve your concerns!