Hallmarking is the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in precious metal articles. Hallmarks are thus official marks used in many countries as a guarantee of purity or fineness of precious metal articles. The principle objectives of the Hallmarking Scheme are to protect the public against adulteration and to obligate manufacturers to maintain legal standards of fineness. In India, at present two precious metals namely gold and silver have been brought under the purview of Hallmarking.
Refineries already in the business of gold refining for the last one year and possessing accreditation from London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) or National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation of their laboratories may apply for obtaining BIS license for marking the Standard Bars produced by them in accordance with IS 1417: 2016 (for 995 and 999 fineness only).
1) Check testing of Hallmarked/Unhallmarked articles by Consumer:
Consumer can get its jewellery/sample tested from any of the BIS Recognized Assaying & Hallmarking Centre. The Assaying and Hallmarking Centres undertake the testing of Jewellery/Samples of common consumers on priority on chargeable basis. The Assaying and Hallmarking centre is required to issue Assay Report giving proper identifications as marked on article.
1. What is Hallmarking?
Hallmarking is the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in precious metal articles.
2. What are the objectives behind instituting Hallmarking Scheme?
To protect consumer against victimization due to irregular gold or silver quality, and to develop India as a leading gold market centre in the World and to develop export competitiveness.
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Last Updated on February 9, 2022