Gold hallmarking now mandatory in 8 districts

Bhubaneswar: As per the Central Government guidelines, mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery has been implemented in the first phase in eight districts of Odisha namely Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Ganjam, Jajpur, Khurda, Mayurbhanj and Sambalpur.

“Jewellers will be allowed to sell only 14, 18 and 22 carats of gold jewellery. Gold of additional 20, 23 and 24 carats will also be allowed for hallmarking. Consumers should check hallmarking before purchasing Jewellery,” State Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain informed through a tweet on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Central Government had announced that mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts would come into force in a phased manner from June 16, starting with a roll-out in 256 districts across India. However, no penalty will be imposed till August 2021.

The decision was taken at a meeting of industry stakeholders chaired by Union Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goel. Representatives from the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and the All India Jewellers & Goldsmith Federation (AIJGF) were also present at the meeting. AIJGF is the largest organisation of small jewellers in the country. According to the Central Government, the endeavour will help develop India as a leading global gold market center.

As per the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), which operates gold and silver hallmarking in India, hallmarking is an “accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in precious metal articles.” The process of hallmarking ensures a “guarantee of purity or fineness” of precious metal articles.

At present, hallmarking in India is available for jewellery of only two metals—gold and silver. But a certain category of jewellery and items are exempted from the mandatory requirement like watches, fountain pens and special types of jewellery.

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