14 important FAQs answered on gold hallmarking


The government has made it mandatory for jewellers to sell only BIS hallmarked gold jewellery from June 16, 2021. It has also revised the hallmarking signs for gold jewellery from July 1, 2021. Following the revision, hallmarked gold jewellery will have three symbols (instead of four). The new symbols are: Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) hallmark, purity/fineness grade and 6-digit alphanumeric code.

Here is a look at important FAQs as per the BIS website on gold hallmarking.

1. What is Hallmarking

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 India as a guarantee of purity or fineness of precious metal articles.

2. Which precious metals are Hallmarked in India?

In India, at present two precious metals namely gold and silver have been brought under the purview of Hallmarking.

3. How much does it cost to get a gold article hallmarked?

Following hallmarking charges are applicable:

  • Rs. 35/- per article
  • Minimum charges for a consignment shall be Rs. 200/- . (Services Tax and other levies as applicable shall be extra).

4. How much does it cost to get a silver article hallmarked?

Following hallmarking charges are applicable

  • Rs.25/-per article
  • Minimum charges per consignment is Rs 150.00. (Services Tax and other levies as applicable shall be extra)

5. Does hallmark charges include making charges and wastage charges?

No

6. Are the hallmarking charges dependent on weight of jewellery?

Hallmarking charges are paid per article irrespective of the weight of the article.

7. What should be looked at in a jewellery shop?

On the outside of the sales outlet, the registered jeweller shall display the logo of BIS with the wording “Hallmarked jewellery available for sale” .Certificate of registration issued by BIS shall be displayed by the jeweller in a jewellery shop. Jeweller shall have magnifying glass of minimum 10X magnification to show hallmark to customer in the hallmarked jewellery. Relation of fineness with caratage shall be displayed by the jeweller.

8.Where can I get the list of BIS Registered jewellers in my area?

The list of BIS Registered jewellers is available on BIS website and can be accessed by following the link https://www.bis.gov.in/index.php/hallmarking-overview/jewellers-registration-scheme/list-of-licensed-jewellers/

9. Where can I get the list of BIS recognised Assaying and Hallmarking centres?

The list of BIS Recognized Assaying and Hallmarking centres is available on BIS website and can be accessed by following the link: https://www.manakonline.in/MANAK/AHCListForWebsite../p>

10. Is it possible for the common man to get his/her hallmarked jewellery tested for purity from an A&H centre?

· Yes, after paying testing charges of Rs. 200 to any of BIS recognized A&H centre. The list of BIS recognized A&H centre is available at BIS website www.bis.gov.in under the hallmarking tab.

11) Is it necessary to take authentic bills/invoice for the hallmarked article from retailer/jeweller?

Yes, it is necessary to take authentic bills/invoice of the hallmarked article from retailer/jeweller. It is necessary for any dispute/misuse/complaint redressal.

12) Is it necessary to have details of hallmarked articles in the bill/invoice issued by jeweller/retailer?

Yes, it is necessary to have details of hallmarked articles in the bill/invoice issued by jeweller/retailer.

13) Is it necessary to have hallmarking on both the articles/jewellery in pairs and on all detachable parts?

Each article in pair should have hallmark. Customer should look for hallmarking and fineness details in each article to prevent any misuse w.r.t fineness/purity..

14) What should be looked at in a jewellery shop?

On the outside of the sales outlet, the registered jeweller shall display the logo of BIS with the wording “Hallmarked jewellery available for sale” .Certificate of registration issued by BIS shall be displayed by the jeweller in a jewellery shop. Jeweller shall have magnifying glass of minimum 10X magnification to show hallmark to customer in the hallmarked jewellery. Relation of fineness with caratage shall be displayed by the jeweller.



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