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Mandatory hallmarking of gold: Should you be worried about your uncertified jewellery?

The new regime intends to ensure quality

January 24, 2020 / 10:06 PM IST

The government has made it mandatory for jewellers to sell hallmarked gold. However, to ensure a smooth transition to the new regime, jewellers are allowed to sell their old stock till  January 14, 2021 and register with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). After the deadline, gold jewellery or artefacts without hallmarking cannot be sold in India. The new regime intends to ensure quality. Here we address some common queries related to the process.

What is hallmarking and what are its benefits?

According to BIS portal, hallmarking is the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in precious metal articles. Put simply, it is an official stamp or certificate of purity or fineness of precious metal artefacts or jewellery. Hallmarking will be done in three segments: 14, 18 and 22 carat gold.

It is a certificate of purity of the metal used in the jewellery. Hallmarking specifies the exact quality of the precious metal – gold – used. It protects the consumer from counterfeiting or buying gold of inferior quality compared to what is claimed by the jeweller. It safeguards your interest as a consumer.