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 (www.bis.org.in).
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.
o Purity in carat and Fineness (it can be any of the following