From April 1, no sale of hallmarked gold jewelery without HUID

Sale of hallmarked gold jewelery and artefacts, without six digit alphanumeric HUID (Hallmark Unique Identification) Number, will not be permitted from April 1.

Nidhi Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, told mediapersons on Friday that this is being done to safeguard and protect the consumers and enhance their confidence in purchase of hallmarked gold jewelery with traceability and assurance of quality.

Along with the 6 digit-HUID marked gold jewellery, the old hallmarked jewelery with four-digits (without HUID) was also being permitted to be sold. However, the simultaneous sale of two types of hallmarked jewelery by the jewelers was creating confusion in the minds of the consumers.

Also, jewelers have already been given about two years to clear the stock of their 4 digit hallmarked articles, officials explained.

Hallmarked jewelery lying with consumers as per old schemes shall remain valid, the Consumer Affairs Ministry clarified. HUID enhances the confidence and trust of consumers in the authenticity of jewelery they purchase.

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