For many years, women in India have a greater fascination for gold, and gold has always been a very safe and secure investment for Indian residents during tough times. As a result, the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) introduced a jewelers registration scheme to protect customers from adulteration and bind jewelers to maintain the purity of jewellery. BIS launched the Gold Hallmarking Scheme in 2000, followed by the Silver Hallmarking Scheme in 2005.
As per the scheme, BIS hallmark registration is required for selling or manufacturing gold/silver jewellery. Because it is impossible to find out the purity of gold just by looking at it without proper test or mark. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to register for selling hallmarked gold.
What is BIS Hallmarking?
It is the precise determination and official recording of the precious metal equivalent content (such as gold and silver) in precious metal articles. Thus, hallmarks are legal marks that are used in many countries to ensure the purity/fineness of precious metal articles. The primary goal of the hallmarking scheme is to protect the public from adulteration and to force all manufacturers to maintain legal purity standards. Hallmarking has been brought under the ambit of two metals gold and silver in India.
The hallmarking scheme has been aligned with the international hallmarking norms. As per the hallmarking scheme, BIS provides hallmark registration to jewellers. BIS-authorised jewelers can get their jewelery hallmarked at any of the BIS-approved centres.
Eligibility to apply for certificate of registration
- Any jeweler who wishes to obtain a Certificate of Registration to sell hallmarked jewellery/artefacts has to apply online through the MANAKonline portal of BIS. Registration is approved instantly. A mail and SMS alert will be sent to him informing him of the registration number, and he can use the registration number to download and print the registration certificate.
- The BO should scrutinize the registrations provided, especially for antecedents, and any discrepancy detected should be reported to the jeweler through a portal for response within thirty days. If no response is received or if the response is not satisfactory, the process for cancellation of registration may be taken up after following the procedures mentioned in the Hallmarking Regulations.
- In the event of cancellation of registration under sub-regulation 1(e) of regulation 7 of the BIS (Hallmarking) Regulations, 2018, the jeweler is not eligible to apply for a certificate of registration before a cooling period of one year from such date . count.
- A jeweler who has been convicted under the provisions of the Act is not eligible to apply for a certificate of registration for one year from the date of such conviction.
Hallmark Registration Process in India
- Step 1: Visit https://www.manakonline.in/MANAK/login and select the “Hallmarking” tab.
Step 2: Next, go to the Manak portal and click on the “Notifications” link or “For Jewelers Registration” tab.
Step 3: The user will then be redirected to the NSWS page, where they will select “All Approvals” and then “Central Approvals” from the dropdown menu.
Step 4: On the “Approval and Registration” page, enter the keyword “Hallmark” in the search field at the top right corner. Then, in the “Registering jewelers to sell hallmarked jewellery/artefacts” box, select “Add to my approval”.
- Step 5: Thereafter a login page will appear, where you can login using your credentials if you have already registered on the portal, or you can register by clicking on the “Register” link.
- Step 6: Finally, complete the registration form.
Step 7: After verification, use the credentials to log in. Then, in the upper right corner, click on the My Dashboard link.
Step 8: Then, if your business entity is already incorporated, click on the “Apply Now” link and enter your CIN/LLPIN. If the user is “Sole Proprietorship”, click on the validate button to proceed to the next step and fill in the required information.
Step 9: Click on ‘Review and Submit’ to submit the application.
Step 10: A message indicating that the submission is successful will be displayed. And navigate to the section “Registration of Jewelers to sell Hallmarked Jewellery/Artefacts” in the left menu, fill all the required information, and submit the application by clicking “Review & Submit”.
Step 11: After successful submission, the application status will be “Approved” in the “My Dashboard” section.
35 jewelers fail to comply with hallmarking norms
- Around 35 jewelers in the city have failed to comply with the hallmarking purity standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). According to data provided by the Bureau of Indian Standards, Nagpur branch at NIT Building Gokulpeth Market, as of November 18, around 35 out of 800 jewelers in the city have failed to comply with the purity test of gold ornaments during a sample survey. Which was organized by BIS in the middle of September. , 2021 and September, 2022. Sanjay Agarwal, who recently received the data from BIS under a Right to Information (RTI) query on November 11.
- A senior official of the BIS, Nagpur branch said on the condition of anonymity that out of 800 jewelery shops, around 35 jewelery samples failed the gold carriage test. BIS officials noticed other lapses and malpractices at some jewelery shops. The official said that action will be initiated against these jewellers. The official said around 110 samples are taken in the city in a span of one month. Similarly, BIS Mumbai office has suspended a hallmarking center at Itwari, as the hallmarking was not done properly. The Hallmarking Center is owned by Bharat Suryavanshi.
- Hallmarking is a proof of purity given by BIS accredited Assaying and Hallmarking Centers (AHCs) that a gold piece is of certain purity. Hallmarking of gold has been made mandatory in the country by the Central Government from June 16, 2021. Gold jewelery sold from jewelery shops must have BIS hallmarking to certify the purity of the gold. Hallmarking Unique Identification (HUID) is a 6 digit alpha numeric code which is imprinted on every gold item hallmarked after July 1, 2021. This can be checked by the consumer through the consumer app – BIS Care App.
Three signs to check the purity of gold in BIS hallmarked jewelery
Three signs on BIS hallmarked gold jewelery
a) BIS Standard Mark
The first hallmark mark on gold jewelery is the BIS logo. The logo is in the shape of a triangle. The gold jewelery stamped with this logo indicates that the gold jewelery has been tested for purity in a BIS certified centre.
b) Purity/fineness grade
The second hallmark on gold jewelery is the purity mark. This symbol tells you the degree of purity of the gold in a particular piece of gold jewellery. The purity of gold thus determined forms the basis of the price of that piece of gold jewellery.
According to the BIS website FAQ, hallmarking of gold jewelery is permitted in six grades: 14K, 18K, 20K, 22K, 23K and 24K.
The hallmark on gold jewelery will be shown as 22K916, 18K750, 14K585 etc.
|Sign on gold jewellery||Purity of gold|
|22K916||Contains 91.6% gold|
|18K750||Contains 75% gold|
|14K585||Contains 58.5% gold|
If a piece of gold jewelery is stamped with 22K916, it means that the particular piece of gold jewelery contains 91.6% gold and the rest (8.4%) is other metals such as zinc etc.
Similarly, 18K750 gold jewelery means that a particular piece of gold jewelery contains 75% gold and the rest is other metals.
14K585 means that the gold product is 14K gold with 58.5% gold in it.
c) Six digit alphanumeric code
The third sign of hallmarked gold jewelery is a six digit alphanumeric code which is embossed/etched on the product. This code – also called a Hallmark Unique Identification (HUID) number – is unique to each piece of jewellery. Customer can verify this alphanumeric code on BIS Care App. Customers can download BIS Care App on their mobile phones. The ‘Verify Hue’ feature on the BIS Care App can be used to verify the alphanumeric code of the jewelery and verify the genuineness of the jewellery.
BIS hallmarking signs before July 1, 2021
Earlier, the hallmarking of gold jewelery consisted of two other marks apart from the BIS logo mark and the purity mark. These were: the identification mark/number of the assaying center and the jeweler’s identification number. However, these two characters have been replaced with an alphanumeric HUID code.
If a customer buys gold jewelery with old hallmarking, he need not get it re-hallmarked with the six-digit code.
Duty for BIS hallmarked gold jewelery
The jeweler selling you BIS hallmarked gold jewelery will charge you Rs 35 per piece of gold jewelery for hallmarking. Hallmarking charges will be added to the cost and will be mentioned on the bill. The cost of hallmarking jewelery is a flat fee irrespective of the weight of the gold jewellery.
How to Check BIS or ISI Mark Using BIS Care App
- Step 1: Download and install BIS Care app on your smartphone.
- Step 2: Select ‘Verify R-number under CRS’.
- Step 3: Look for the BIS mark on the product and enter the registration number in the app.
- Step 4: Tap on ‘License Details’ in case of ISI-marked products.
- Step 5: Enter the CM/L Number.
How to check BIS or ISI mark of any product
- Step 1: Put BIS or ISI mark on the product package.
- Step 2: Go to www.bis.gov.in.
- Step 3: Hover the cursor over the Conformity Assistant and click on ‘Online Information’ under the ‘Product Certification’ section.
- Step 4: Click on Product Certification Scheme and scroll down and select ‘Find License’.
- Step 5: Go to the ‘License Status’ tab and enter the License Number (CM/L), Registration Number, or Firm Name. Click on the relevant field to fill it. Enter the captcha and select ‘Generate Report’.
- Step 6: The following details related to the product will appear: Manufacturer’s name and address, standard number, validity date, active status, brand name and product type.
Gold hallmarking rules changed
A new month is about to begin, and with June starting in just a few days, there will be some financial regulatory changes. The standards of gold hallmarking in the country are going to change on June 1, 2022 i.e. Wednesday. According to a notification issued by the Centre, jewelers can sell only hallmarked gold jewelery in India from June 1, 2022, regardless of purity. This was announced by the concerned body, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in an announcement in early April this year.
Benefits of the new rule:
This is in violation of existing rules, which require hallmarking of gold jewelery in purity categories of 14 carat, 18 carat, 20 carat, 22 carat, 23 carat and 24 carat. Under the new gold hallmarking law, if a buyer buys 16-karat gold jewelery or any artefact, the jeweler will first have to get it hallmarked at a BIS hallmarking centre.
The new gold hallmarking rule adjustments will enhance customer confidence in gold jewelery or artefacts, which will ensure that the purity of the gold article is as stated in the hallmarking. The new BIS rule has changed the list of districts where hallmarking will be required from June 1.
The government has also changed the purity mark on gold jewelery and artefacts from July last year. The BIS symbol, purity/excellence grade, and a six-digit alphanumeric code, also known as HUID, are among them. Stamping fee of Rs 35 per piece of gold will also be applicable on every gold item you buy.