BIS Hallmarking Lab to open in Hyderabad
Telangana is set to open its own Bureau of Indian Standards Hallmarking Lab in Hyderabad. The laboratory will specialise in gold referral assay like the centre in Tamil Nadu and is expected to begin operations in between one and two months.
Jewellery businesses in Hyderabad could have to wait just one week for their jewellery items to be hallmarked when the new BIS Hallmarking Lab begins operations, TNN reported. The centre will be located on the premises of the BIS branch office in Hyderabad.
The BIS had previously been operating a referral lab in Hyderabad which sent jewellery articles it received to Chennai to be hallmarked. This meant that jewellery businesses had to wait up to several months for their jewellery quality results.
The new facilities will enable the BIS to hallmark Hyderabad-based businesses’ jewellery faster which should help to boost business in the area. As the Hyderabad area is home to around 3,000 jewellery showrooms and hallmarking is mandatory, the centre should have a significant effect on the city’s jewellery industry.
The BIS Advisory also noted that jewellery businesses must register with the BIS in order to have their jewellery hallmarked. All detachable parts of a piece of jewellery must be hallmarked and articles sent will be detailed in the BIS bill.
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