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How RFID Jewelry Tagging is Preventing Counterfeiting and Fraud in Jewelry Industry?

  • Abhishek Shukla
  • Aug 03, 2023
  • RFID
RFID Jewelry Tagging

Most jewelry are small items that are easy to misplace or shoplift if jewelry store owners are not careful. RFID tagging of jewelry items has the potential to prevent counterfeiting and fraud. Earlier, Barcoding, as a decade old practice, was used to tag items and keep a record of all the items in the inventory using the UPC/EAN no. but the system is so archaic that it doesn’t help much when it comes to track and trace. EAS tags could be used to prevent theft but that’s it. What if you misplaced an item inside the store? You can’t go around frisking every customer for customer experience is what drives your business. You will wreck the customer loyalty that you have built over the years.

 In the light of high competition and changing customer behavior and shopping patterns, jewelry businesses urgently need to upgrade their infrastructure and keep up with the popular technologies such as IoT sensors, RFID tags and RFID sensors etc. that can be implemented to keep track of jewelry inventory and jewelry items moving in or out of the store gate.

What is RFID Tagging of Jewelry Items?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless technology that uses radio frequency signals to track and trace an RFID tagged item/individual. The RFID system employs an RFID tag, an RFID reader, an antenna and an RF subsystem/computer software interface that is used to store and display the data scanned by the RFID reader.

The RFID tagging of jewelry items involves tagging each jewelry item with UHF RFID jewelry labels/RFID tags where the RFID labels are encoded with a unique ID corresponding to each jewelry item. A record is maintained on a computer/ software database which is automatically updated when any of the jewelry items is sold or purchased (replenished).

The RFID readers send out radio frequency waves and receive signals from the RFID tags. When a passive UHF RFID tag comes within range of a reader, it absorbs the energy from the reader's radio waves and uses it to power the microchip. The tag then transmits the stored information to the reader, which then captures and processes the data for the end users.

How RFID Tracking of Jewelry Items Works?

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology has revolutionized various industries, including jewelry. By utilizing small electronic tags known as RFID tags, jewelry items can be tracked efficiently and seamlessly.  The RFID tracking of jewelry items involves the use of RFID tags to electronically, wirelessly identify and track jewelry items. These tags consist of a microchip and an antenna enclosed in a small casing. The silicon IC holds digital information about the specific jewelry item, such as its unique identification number and other relevant data.  The RFID system also utilizes an RFID antenna which catches the RF signals and enables communication between the RFID tag and the RFID reader, providing a longer read-range. It’s an efficient and automatic process altogether.

Let’s explore how RFID tracking of jewelry items has numerous advantages for jewelry store owners whether it is store management, inventory control, theft and shrinkage prevention or customer experience.

Benefits of RFID Tagging and Tracking for Jewelry Items

RFID jewelry tagging and tracking provides seamless track and trace solutions to jewelry store owners. Jewelry tags help jewelry businesses in following ways:

  • 1. Enhanced Inventory Management
  • 2. Efficient Stocktaking and Auditing of jewelry store
  • 3. Theft and stock shrinkage Prevention
  • 4. Enhanced Security and Authentication
  • 5. Streamlined Customer Service in jewelry retail

Enhanced Inventory Management

RFID jewelry tracking enables jewelers to effortlessly monitor their inventory. Store owners can tag each jewelry item and accurately track the items' location, quantity, and movement within the store. It helps with eliminating the need for manual stock checks and reduces errors. With RFID tagging, the task of inventory management becomes easier and efficient for employees, leading to improved overall inventory management.

Efficient Stocktaking and Auditing of Jewelry Store

RFID technology simplifies the stocktaking and auditing processes. With RFID readers, jewelers can quickly scan their entire inventory, automatically capturing the details of each item. The process which earlier would take few days would now take only few hours saving substantial time and effort compared to traditional methods, increasing overall productivity.

Theft and stock shrinkage Prevention

RFID tags act as a deterrent to theft. Since each item is tagged and registered, it becomes traceable. In the event of theft, the stolen item can be identified and located using RFID readers. Security system can be set up to raise alarm if any unbilled item is taken out through the exit door(s). It would discourage potential thieves, reducing the risk of theft in jewelry stores.

Enhanced Security and Authentication

RFID tags can be also programmed with additional data such as stock keeping units (SKU), product details, and quality certifications. It allows jewelers to verify the authenticity and quality of their jewelry items without much effort. The RFID technology can also be used to track the movement of high-value or special items, providing an extra layer of security and reducing potential losses.

Streamlined Customer Service in Jewelry Retail

With RFID, jewelers can provide exceptional customer service as well. When a customer wishes to view a specific jewelry item, sales associates can quickly locate it using RFID readers and apprise the customers about various features and details such as making, discounts, and warranty about the jewelry items. This not only expedites browsing experience but also improves customer satisfaction, and increases the likelihood of a sale.

RFID tracking has brought significant improvements to the jewelry industry. From inventory management to theft prevention and enhanced customer service, the benefits of RFID tracking are undeniable. With chipless RFID technology going mainstream, it is likely to become even more prevalent and sophisticated, further revolutionizing the way jewelry items are tracked and managed at low cost. Chipless RFID tags cost extremely low, 0.01 USD per tag, bringing down the RFID costs at par with barcodes. This will further push more jewelry businesses to adopt the RFID technology.


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  • Created on Aug 03, 2023

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