More than 14,000kg of gold, sil­ver and plat­inum stamped last year: MoCI

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MoCI) said that gold, sil­ver and plat­inum stamped be­tween Jan­uary 1 and De­cem­ber 31, last year saw an in­crease.

In 2018, the min­istry stamped 14,584kg of these pre­cious me­tals as com­pared to 12,962kg in 2017. The Direc­torate Gen­eral of Stan­dards and Metrol­ogy said that gold stamped in the pre­cious me­tals lab­o­ra­tory in the min­istry in 2018 were jew­ellery and re­lated ac­ces­sories.

These in­cluded pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones, pre­cious me­tals and or­di­nary me­tals coated with other pre­cious me­tals, nat­u­ral or in­dus­tri­ally pro- duced pearls, in ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional jew­ellery and coins.

MoCI plays a ma­jor role in mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol­ling il­le­gal prac­tices in­volv­ing pre­cious me­tals and stones. It also seeks to pro­tect con­sumers and traders from fraud by ex­porters or workshop work­ers.

The min­istry has urged con­sumers to look for in­scrip­tions of Ara­bic nu­mer­als while buy­ing gold, sil­ver or plat­inum jew­ellery.

These nu­mer­als are stamped on these items by the min­istry after be­ing tested in its lab­o­ra­tory and in­di­cate hall­mark­ing.

Some marks in­di­cate the type of prod­uct. The ‘khan­jar’ or dag­ger is a sym­bol for the gold works and the tower for plat­inum works.

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