General


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, develop India as a
leading gold market centre in the World and 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


BIS through its network of Regional/ Branch Offices all over the country operates the Hallmarking
Scheme for gold and silver jewellery.


Any jeweller willing to obtain certificate of registration for selling Hallmarked Gold and Silver Jewellery/artefacts shall apply online in the BIS portal; www.manakonline.in. The certificate of registration is granted instantly and stands valid for 5 years. A guide comprising details of the stepwise procedure for jeweller registration along with the mandatory documents to be uploaded and fees as applicable is available on BIS website (https://bis.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Guide_Jeweller_Registration_v1.1.pdf).


Any assaying centre set up in accordance with requirements specified in IS 15820:2009 for assaying
and hallmarking of gold and/or silver jewellery/artefacts shall apply online in the BIS portal;
www.manakonline.in . The recognition of the 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. Steps to apply for recognition of assaying
and hallmarking centre is available on BIS website (https://bis.gov.in/index.php/steps-to-apply-for-recognition-of-assaying-and-hallmarking-centre).


Regular surveillance audit of Assaying and hallmarking centres and testing of random market samples drawn from registered jewellers is carried out.


Gold Hallmarked Jewellery consist of following four marks:


BIS Mark Purity in carat and fineness for gold (e.g.22K916,18K750,
14K585 )
Assay centre’s identification mark / number Jewellers identification mark/number

Silver Hallmarked jewellery consists of following four marks:


BIS Mark along with “Silver” Purity in fineness for silver i.e. 990,970,925,900,835,800. Assay centre’s identification mark / number Jewellers identification mark/number

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

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


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


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


Description of each article, net weight of precious metal, purity in carat and fineness, and hallmarking charges need to be mentioned in the bill or invoice of sale of hallmarked precious metal articles. It is also mentioned that “the consumer can get the purity of the hallmarked jewellery/artefacts verified from any of the BIS recognized A&H centre”.


On the outside of the sales outlet, the registered jeweller shall display the logo of BIS withthe 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


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.


No, only BIS registered jewellers can approach the A&H centre for hall marking of the jewellery.


All the information regarding hallmarking in detail has been provided at BIS website, www.bis.gov.in under hallmarking section. The information includes general information on hallmarking, procedure and guidelines for Jewellers and hallmarking centre, all the forms and list of registered jewellers and hallmarking centres etc


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


The list of BIS Recognized Assaying and Hallmarking centres is available on BIS website and can
be accessed by following the link: https://bis.gov.in/index.php/hallmarkingoverview/hallmarking-centre/list-of-hallmarking-centres/.


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.


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