Hallmark Registration Services

Hallmark is a mark which is applied on a precious metal and considered as a guarantee of purity & fineness. In India, there are two metals which are taken under hallmarking scheme i.e. Silver & gold. The hallmarking scheme is started by Bureau of Indian standards. BIS certified jewellers can get their jewellery hallmarked from any of the recognized assaying & hallmark Centers of BIS. Hallmark is the accurate determination & official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in silver or gold.

Now days, government is also giving final touches to the mandatory hallmarking of jewellery. Hallmarking is permitted in only 3 categories-

  • 14 Carat
  • 18 Carat
  • 22 Carat

Some jewellers are currently selling non-hallmarked jewellery whereas many jewellers in town and rural areas are selling hallmarked along with non- hallmarked jewellery. BIS warned jewellers that a jeweler who is not having the valid certificate of registration cannot sell hallmarked jewellery and if any individual still catched using BIS logo and keeping hallmarked jewellery , it will be considered as an offense and a strict action will be taken against him. BIS recently issued a notice and said that non-licensed jewellers should stop using the BIS hallmark logo on the jewellery, display board and on packing material.

There are 750 hallmarking and assaying centers in the country and 100 is currently in the process of establishing.

Objective of hallmarking scheme

The main objective of hallmarking scheme is –

  • To protect the customer against the purchase of less pure gold than declared by the jeweller
  • To develop export competitiveness
  • To make India a leading gold market in the world.
What Is Included In Our Package?

Eligibility Consultation

Document Preparation

Application Drafting

Government Fees

What Hallmarked articles contains?

Hallmarked articles should carry the following markings –

  • BIS mark
  • Grade of purity
  • Assay center’s identification mark
  • Marking year denoted by a letter
  • Jewellers mark or manufacturer’s identification mark.

Documents needed to apply for Hallmark registration

  • Proof of firm or company establishment (Any one of the following documents)
    • Registration certificate issued by registrar of companies along with MOA
    • Registered partnership deed (In case applicant is a partnership firm)
    • Chartered accountant certificate (In case applicant is a proprietorship firm)
  • Address proof of firm’s or companies premises ( Any one of the following documents)
    • Registration with state government authority
    • Income tax assessment order
    • GST registration certificate
    • Rent agreement with last rent receipt
    • Latest property tax receipt
    • Sale/lease deed agreement
  • Identity proof of the signatory
    • Aadhar based verification/e-signature
    • Self-certified copy of any of the following documents –
      • Aadhar card
      • Pan card
      • Driving license
      • Passport
      • Voter identity card
      • Photo identity card issued by gazette officer on official letterhead
  • Location map indicating location of premises from nearest landmark for each outlet
  • Annual turnover proof
    • Self- certified copy of GST return of previous financial year
    • In case the firm is new, an undertaking should be taken from the firm with estimation of expected turnover and assurance to submit GST returns.

Process of Assaying and Hallmarking

The process of assaying and hallmarking is as follows –

In the first step, jewellery receipt and article wise segregation takes place.

In the second step, jewellery will be checked for homogeneity of the lot by XRF.

In the third step, take a small sample (250g) from the article in order to do Scraping/Micro dwelling/cutting.

In the fourth step, weight the jewellery accurately and after doing the weight, wrap the jewellery in lead foil with some added silver.

In the fifth step, verify the sample as per IS 1418 by applying the fire assay method. Fire assay method is a method in which gold or silver can be refined or assayed in a furnace at about 1100 degree Celsius. It removes all base metals. Place the resulting gold-silver alloy button in nitric acid in order to dissolve the silver. The result we will get is pure gold.

In the sixth step, we reweight the resulting pure gold and in case the sample passes the test. The particular lot is hallmarked by laser marking and returns back to the jeweller.

If in any case, the sample is unable to pass the fire assay method, jewellery lot is returned back to the jeweller without hallmarking.

Advantages of purchasing BIS hallmark jewellery

The advantages of purchasing BIS hallmark jewellery –

  1. It protects the customer against the purchase of less pure gold than declared by the jeweller.
  2. It gives right to the customer to lodge a complaint in case of any fraud.
  3. It provides third party assurance to the jeweller that his or her product is pure & fine.
  4. Bank also gives preferential treatment to hallmarked jewellers at the time of granting loan.


No possibility of marking

Marking cannot be done in the following cases –

  • If the gold or silver fails to comply with specified purity
  • If the gold or silver is not solid or made with a hollow center and then filled with base metal, lac, cement or any other foreign substance.
  • Gold article/ornaments on which it is not physically possible to make a mark.
  • If marking has not been issued by BIS recognized hallmark center.

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