All our osmium products undergo a defined authentication process and come with a certificate of authenticity issued by the Osmium-Institut zur Inverkehrbringung und Zertifizierung von Osmium GmbH (Osmium-Institute Germany) with headquarters in Germany.
Osmium is crystallised exclusively in Switzerland. All first deliveries go to Germany, where the Osmium-Institute Germany authenticates every single piece of osmium with a certificate. Every certificate bears a unique identifier, the Osmium Identification Code (OIC).
The Osmium Identification Code is a combination of letters and numbers, for example K – LM3D – T93G, and is structured as follows: The first letter refers to the article number (K refers to the large round bar), whereas the two following fields contain each a random combination of four letters and numbers which are generated during the authentication process.
Parties involved in the trade of osmium, including customs authorities, jewellers, wholesalers and private individuals, can use the Osmium Identification Code to verify the authenticity of individual osmium pieces online. Certificates can be viewed online and downloaded in Portable Document Format (PDF). Verification and access to information such as high-resolution photographs of the piece, the dimensions, weight and current price of individual osmium pieces is only possible with the individual Osmium Identification Code.
The Osmium Identification Code provides a secure method to protect and ensure authenticity for both sellers and buyers of osmium: Sellers can be assured of an accurate sale price, just as buyers are assured of the certification and authenticity of their osmium piece.
In the event of an Osmium Identification Code being lost stolen or otherwise missing, the osmium piece will be required to undergo the complete authentication process and a new Osmium Identification Code will be issued. This certification process can only be done in Germany, as the Osmium-Institut zur Invehrkehrbringung und Zertifizierung von Osmium GmbH in Germany is the sole worldwide authority entitled to authenticate osmium and issue certificates. Costs incurred for this service are borne by the customer seeking the authentication. It is therefore important that you keep your Osmium Identification Code in a safe place.
To facilitate identification and re-certification of osmium pieces with missing Osmium Identification Codes in our database, you can provide us with high-resolution photographs of the surface crystal structure. Due to the nature of the crystallisation process, every individual product is unique and will always differ in weight and surface crystal structure from similar products having the same nominal dimensions.
The unique surface crystal structure of each individual piece acts like a fingerprint and provides an additional security layer!