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Frequently Asked Questions


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)

    • BIS Mark
    • Purity in carat and Fineness (it can be any of the following)
1) 22K916 Corresponding to 22 Carat
2) 18K750 Corresponding to 18 Carat
3) 14K585 Corresponding to 14 Carat
  • Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark/Number
  • Jeweller’s Identification Mark/number

(Before 01 January 2017)Gold Hallmark consists of following

    • BIS Mark
    • Purity in carat and Fineness (it can be any of the following)
958 Corresponding to 22 Carat
916 Corresponding to 18 Carat
750 Corresponding to 14 Carat
708 Corresponding to 17 Carat
585 Corresponding to 14 Carat
375 Corresponding to 9 Carat
    • Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark (one of the logos as displayed on BIS website)
    • Year of Marking – denoted by a code letter e.g.
‘A’ for year 2000 ‘B’ for year 2001
‘C’ for year 2002 ‘R’ for year 2013
  • Jeweller’s Identification Mark

Gold medallions (of the shape of coins) of 995 fineness and below are being permitted to be 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)

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)

A. (From 01 January 2017)
Silver Hallmark consists of following

    • BIS Mark

Silver

  • Puritygrade/fineness(itcanbeanyoneofthefollowing)

 

Grade   Fineness
9999 Fine Silver 999.9
9995 999.5
999 999.0
990 Silver alloys
for jewellery
artefacts
990.0
970 970.0
925 925.0
900 900.0
835 835.0
800 800.0

 

  • Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark/Number
  • Jeweller’s Identification Mark/number

 

(Before 01 January 2017)
Silver Hallmark consists of following

    • BIS Mark
    • Purity grade/fineness (it can be any one of the following )
Grade   Fineness
9999 Fine Silver 999.9
9995 999.5
999 999.0
990 Silver alloys
for jewellery
artefacts
990.0
970 970.0
925 925.0
900 900.0
835 835.0
800 800.0
  • Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark (one of the logos as displayed on BIS website)
  • Year of Marking – denoted by a code letter e.g.‘R’ for year 2013
  • Jeweller’s Identification Mark

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