On the occasion of Dhanteras and the upcoming festival of Diwali, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Department of Consumer Affairs under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has requested consumers to ensure that they buy hallmarked jewellery.
It is believed that buying gold on such occasions brings prosperity and happiness to the family and is considered very auspicious. Under this light, it is important to have knowledge of how to ensure the purity of the gold being bought and getting the best value for money.
With effect from 23 June 2021, Hallmarking has been made mandatory in 256 districts of the country for 14, 18 and 22 karats of gold jewellery/ artefacts. These 256 districts are the districts where there is at least one assaying and hallmarking centre. The list of these 256 districts is available on BIS website www.bis.gov.in.
Hallmarked jewellery can be sold only by BIS registered jewellers. The details of BIS registered jewellers in your district can be obtained from the BIS site.