As per a notification issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on March 4, 2022, the hallmarking fee for gold jewellery and artefacts have been raised to Rs 45 per item from Rs 35 earlier. Similarly, hallmarking fee for silver jewellery and artefacts have been raised to Rs 35 per item, from Rs 25 earlier. However, the minimum consignment fee for hallmarking of gold and silver jewellery/artefacts have not been hiked.
The price of hallmarking a piece of jewellery is a flat charge irrespective of the weight of the gold jewellery.
Nishant Shah, Partner, Economic Law Practice says, “The Bureau of Indian Standards, under the Department of Consumer Affairs, has after the introduction of Hallmarking Regulations in 2018, for the first time revised the hallmarking charges for gold and silver articles. Such revision in hallmarking charges comes after almost 4 years of its introduction”.
Hallmarking of jewellery
Gold jewellery buyers should keep in mind that hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts have been made mandatory from June 1, 2022, irrespective of its purity. Hence, if you are buying gold jewellery now, then the jeweller cannot sell it you unless it is hallmarked. However, hallmarking of silver jewellery and artefacts is not mandatory. If a customer wants to buy hallmarked silver jewellery, then he/she can request the jeweller for the same at the time of buying.
Signs of hallmarked gold
Further, the government has revised hallmarking signs for gold jewellery. Effective from July 1, 2021, hallmarked gold will have the following three signs:
a) BIS Mark
b) Purity and Fineness grade
c) 6-digit alphanumeric code. The 6-digit alphanumeric code is also called Hallmark Unique Identification (HUID) number. This number is unique for every gold jewellery. Customers can verify this HUID number on the BIS Care App.
Currently, BIS has permitted gold hallmarking in only these six categories – 14K,18K, 20K, 22K,23K and 24K. Thus, if a piece of gold jewellery has a stamp of 18K750, it means that the particular jewellery has fineness of 75% gold.