What Makes the Hall­mark?

In Novem­ber 2005, Re­serve Bank of In­dia is­sued a cir­cu­lar to all banks to give pref­er­en­tial treat­ment to hall­marked jew­ellery while con­sid­er­ing ad­vances against jew­ellery.

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Be­fore pur­chas­ing sil­ver, one may check the fol­low­ing com­po­nents of hall­mark through a mag­ni­fy­ing glass (mag­ni­fi­ca­tion 10X): a) BIS mark b) Pu­rity grade/fine­ness c) As­say­ing/Hall­mark­ing cen­tre’s logo/sym­bol d) Year of mark­ing de­noted by a code let­ter (e.g., ‘J’ for the year 2008) e) Jeweller’s mark/man­u­fac­turer’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion mark Only BIS-rec­og­nized as­say­ing and hall­mark­ing cen­tres are per­mit­ted to hall­mark the sil­ver ar­ti­cles. Since launch of the scheme, over 1,000 jew­ellers have taken hall­mark­ing li­cense for sil­ver ar­ti­cles and so far about 1.6 crore sil­ver ar­ti­cles have been hall­marked. The list of BIS li­censee jew­ellers and rec­og­nized hall­mark­ing cen­tres is on the BIS web­site (www.bis. org.in). In case the pu­rity of hall­marked jew­ellery is found to be less than that de­clared by the jeweller, a cus­tomer may file a com­plaint in any BIS of­fice in In­dia.

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