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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

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).

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 till 15-01-2021 for gold and silver jewellery being operated by BIS through its network of Regional/ Branch Offices all over the country.

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 (

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, and also employed, 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 registered jewellers is carried out.

BIS Mark

o Purity in carat and Fineness (it can be any of the following

Purity in carat Fineness
1) 22K916 Corresponding to 22 Carat
1) 18K750 Corresponding to 18 Carat
3) 14K585 Corresponding to 14 Carat

Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark/Number

Jeweller’s Identification Mark/number

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)

Silver Hallmark consists of following:
  • »  o BIS Mark
  • »   Purity grade/fineness(it can be any one of the following
  • Grade Fineness
    9999 999.9
    9995 999.5
    999 (Fine sliver) 999.0
    990 990.0
    970 970.0
    925 925.0
    900 Silver alloys 900.0
    835 for jewellery 835.0
    800 artefacts 800.0
  • » Assaying/Hallmarking Centre’s Identification Mark/Number
  • » Jeweller’s Identification Mark/number

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