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India, the world's largest consumer of gold, is trying hard to ensure that superior quality yellow metal is being sold across the jewellery showrooms in the country. The Indian government has so far issued gold hallmarki..
13 Jul 2009
MUMBAI (CommodityOnline): India, the world's largest consumer of gold, is trying hard to ensure that superior quality yellow metal itmes are being sold across the jewellery showrooms in the country. The Indian government has so far issued gold hallmarking licences to nearly 7,000 jewellers licences after the quality standards, or hallmarking, for gold were launched in 2001.

Though the government has deferred a plan for compulsory hallmarking of gold jewellery after resistance from the jewellers, the increased number of licences have helped it in increasing quality adherence in the precious metal. Hallmarking is the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in jewellery. The standrads are used in many countries as a guarantee of purity. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), under the Consumer Affairs Ministry, is the administrative authority of hallmarking.

Starting from 186 licences in 2001, the government has issued 6,775 licences till June 30, 2009, an official release said, adding that more than 140 hallmarking centers, out of which 21 are run by the government, have been set up across the country. Licencee jewellers can get their gold articles hallmarked from any of these recognised centres. Over six crore articles have been given hallmark as on May 31, 2009, compared to 93,000 jewellery items that had been hallmarked in 2001. The objective of hallmarking is to protect the public against adulteration by manufacturers, the release said.

The objective of hallmarking is to protect the public against adulteration by manufacturers.

Hallmark has been acting as a safeguard to purchasers of gold and gold articles for centuries in various countries. In simple terms, Hallmark is a purity certification of gold articles in accordance with Indian Standard specifications.

Gold articles are evaluated and tested at an official Assaying and Hallmarking Centre and then certified that the metal used conforms to the national and international standard of fineness and purity.

Hallmark consists of five components i.e. BIS Mark, the Fineness number (corresponding to given caratage), Assaying and Hallmarking Centre's Mark, Jeweller's Mark and year of Makring denoted by a code letter and decided by BIS (e.g. code letter `A' was approved by BIS for year 2000, `B' being used for the year 2001 and `C' for 2002). The marking is done either using punches or laser marking machine.

The BIS hallmark, a mark of conformity widely accepted by the consumer, bestows the additional confidence to the consumer on the purity of gold jewellery.

How does the Hallmarking Scheme operate?

As per this scheme the jewellery retailer/manufacturer desirous of obtaining a licence apply to BIS for use of Standard Mark (Hallmark) on their jewellery. After registration, BIS officials conduct a preliminary inspection for verification of premises retailing/manufacturing, testing facilities and competence of testing personnel. A sample is drawn from the jewellers retail/manufacturing premises for independent testing. Based on the satisfactory preliminary inspection report and test report of the sample drawn during inspection, licence is granted to the jeweller.

What happens after a jeweler gets the license?

After getting the licence, the jeweller (retailer/manufacturer) has to follow a BIS approved Scheme of Testing and Inspection on a continuing basis to have confidence in the homogeneity and purity of the gold jewellery offered for hallmarking. A BIS certified jewellers (retailer/manufacturers) has right to register himself with any of the BIS recognized Assaying and Hallmarking Centres to get his jewellery hallmarked. BIS maintains surveillance on the certified jewellers, at a defined periodicity. Market surveillance involves collection of hallmarked gold jewellery from licensee's retail outlet/manufacturing premises and having it tested for conformity in BIS recognized Hallmarking Centre.
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Vinod
21 Mar 2013
i need to know how to apply for the licence of gold hallmarking certification. i want hallmark certificat..
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C.murugesan
30 Mar 2012
Dear sir, I want to know BIS recoginised HALLMARK centers available in Tamilnadu, Kerela ,Andrapradesh,Karnadaka and Maharastra. Please provide the list. Kind regards, C.Murugesan.
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Vika singh
07 Oct 2011
HOW MANY HALLMARK JEWELLER IN JAIPUR ? AND CAN U PROVIDE THE LIST ?
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Sibo
26 Apr 2011
Hallmark jeweller in Dwarka or near by in Delhi?
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Suman Das
12 Nov 2010
thank u Mr.K Anand kumar, 4 givin me assurace 4 assistance of all quiries what i ll ve abt hallmarkin on now onwards..
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Hari
09 Nov 2010
i need to know how to apply fot the licence of gold hallmarking in the sense of BIS certification
Rajinder kumar i need to know how to apply for the licence of gold hallmarking certification.
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R k rao
31 Oct 2010
i want to know hw many jwellers in muzaffarnagar ,utter pradesh having hallmarked jewellery,plz name them.
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Manu
28 Oct 2010
Iwant to know any hallmarking centre at kerala
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ARVI VERMA
23 Oct 2010
I WANT 2 KNW HOW MANY HALLMARK JEWELLERY SHOPS R THERE IN ASSAM ALONG THEIR NAMES
Anil soni i want 2 knw about hallmark jewellers in assam
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K.V.Satya narayana
09 Sep 2010
I am a resident of Andaman & niocbar Islands wants to know about hallmarking. 1. whether Hall marked gold is safe to buy, so what are the process involved in the hall marking. 3. whether any duplicate hallmarking racket has been found in India.
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Suresh Jangir
24 Aug 2010
I know about hallmark licence.
N.karthikeyaan i need how apply their licence on GOLD MARKING center and where to purchase laser machine and other opticals
Jitender Can you tell me how to obtain a license in bangalore??
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RG Shah
05 Aug 2010
Dear Mr. K. Anand Kumar, Please let me know: 1. Validity of licence to use Hallmark by the retail jeweller? How often he needs to get it validated? 2. What is format of the licence issued by the BIS/Asseying co. to the jeweller? 3. Does the mark "M" means the year 2010? Is this the year of manufacture of the gold ornament? Thanks and regards. RG Shah
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Ankit jain
23 Jul 2010
I WANT THE licence so i want to knw its fees
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Ankit jain
23 Jul 2010
i want the licence so i want 2 knw that how much fees for having the licence
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Sheuli guha
16 Apr 2010
i want to know if i buy a pair of bangle or a pair of earing do we need to have the hallmarked symbol in both the pairs or only in one pair is ok?
K. Anand Kumar - Secretar Yes you will have check on all the pieces of Gold Jewellery you buy. K. Anand Kumar - Secretary: Indian Association of Hallmark Centres
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Premchouhan
15 Apr 2010
i want hallmark licences
K. Anand Kumar - Secretar Please visit our web site iahc.in which will give you all the details you require on Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery Sold in our country. Still if you are not satisfied please do leave your quiry which will be answered by our experts on the subject. K. Anand Kumar - Secretary: Indian Association of Hallmark Centres
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Sushanta kumar Nayak
16 Mar 2010
Iwant to know any hallmark jwellery shop at raipur chhattishgarh
Anil soni i want knw how many shop in raipur n near
K. Anandkumar We are the registered association of all the Hallmark Centres recognised by BIS in India. Please contact us for any query on Gold Jewellery addressed to iahc.secretary@in.com or you can visit our official web site iahc.in/ and can post your quiries which will be attended at the earliest and suitably replaied. K. Anand Kumar - Secretary: Indian Association of Hallmark Centres
K. Anand Kumar : Secretar Please check the BIS web Site for more details. www.bis.org.in/ K. Anand Kumar : Secretary - Indian Association for Hallmark Centres
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