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. In India, at present two precious metals namely gold and silver have been brought under the purview of Hallmarking
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
Provide third party assurance and satisfaction that customer gets right purity of gold (or silver) for the given price (value for money). Hallmark will serve as third party assurance.
It will provide clear indication of his capability, strong evidence of commitment to quality and assurance of consistency in purity and quality of gold or silver jewellery
It is a voluntary scheme being operated by BIS through its network of Regional/ Branch Offices all over the country. As per this scheme licence is granted to a jeweler for certification of purity of gold (or silver) jewellery in accordance with IS 1417 (IS 2112 for Silver) (see list of licensed jewellers at www.bis.org.in). A licensee jeweller has to get the jewellery hallmarked through any of the BIS recognized Assaying and hallmarking centres (see list of assaying centres at www.bis.org.in under Hallmarking of gold & silver)
The jeweller needs to apply to the concerned Branch office of BIS in the prescribed application form along with necessary documents and fees for obtaining a licence. Application Form with details of documents to be submitted and fees as applicable are available on BIS website (www.bis.org.in). The licensed jeweller shall get the Jewellery hallmarked from a BIS recognized Assaying & Hallmarking Centre. It is the prime responsibility of the licensed jeweller to ensure that the jewellery offered for Hallmarking has the declared fineness and homogeneity. List of BIS licensed Jewellers is also available on BIS website. Link for locating hallmarked jeweller in your city has also been provided on BIS website.
The recognition of an Assaying and Hallmarking Centre is done by BIS after ensuring that the Centre has requisite infrastructure and quality management system as per IS 15820 : 2009, IS 1417 for Gold and IS 2112 for Silver and assaying (test) facilities as per IS 1418 for Gold and IS 2113 for Silver and also, trained and competent manpower. The list of BIS recognized assaying and hallmarking Centres is also hosted on BIS website
Regular surveillance audit of Assaying and hallmarking centres and testing of random market samples drawn from licensee jewellers is carried out. Renewal of recognition of hallmarking centres and jewellers is based on performance every three years. If any jeweller or assaying and hallmarking centre is not found conforming to the requirements, action is taken by BIS against erring Firm as per laid down procedure so that credibility of scheme is maintained
A. (From 01 January 2017)
Purity in carat and Fineness (it can be any of the following)