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Govt finalising jewellery hallmark rule; refineries to self-certify

Industry protests, says self-certification without external intervention can be risky, prone to misuse

Rajesh Bhayani  |  Mumbai 

gold, jewellery

The central government is finalising the rules on compulsory of jewellery, with centres certifying 14-, 18- and jewellery. For coins and bars, self-certification by refineries will be permitted.

The industry has already started voicing its opinion against several proposals. India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA) has said: "Self-certification of coins by refineries contravenes the basic purpose of a certifying agency. Self-certification without any third-party intervention can be risky and refiners can misuse it."

Surendra Mehta, national secretary, IBJA, says: "Coins from 0.1 gram to 100 grams must be hallmarked by approved centres."

Sources say the government is allowing refineries to self-certify of coins because they will also have to take Bureau of Indian Standards registration and work is on to ensure they follow global best practices on good delivery and so on.

Rajesh Khosla, chairman emeritus of and president of the Association of Refineries and Mints, says: "jewellery is of different caratage; hence, applies. coins are of 999 or 9,999-purity, akin to bullion but in minted form; here, the manufacturer's mark has credibility. coins will always have purity, weight and manufacturer's logo inscribed on the face. Some manufacturers will further package in assay-certified packaging, protecting the product from damage or substitution."

Under the current proposal, centres may certify medallions, which includes coin. Refineries may hallmark only their own coins in 22-carat, not those from jewellers.

goes further and says there's a need to increase the number of centres from 490 at present to 1,200 and to bring them closer to the place of manufacture. It also wants permission to hallmark 20-, 23- and 24-carat jewellery, to suit regional and religious needs.

How India prepared 

490 centers as of now
1,200  centers required, according to IBJA
36  Estimated refineries which will be allowed to self-certify coins purity
14, 18, 22 carats:  Jewellery will be allowed for hallmarking
20, 13, 14 carats:  proposes to allow of wider purity jewellery to suit different needs 

First Published: Thu, November 16 2017. 00:05 IST