Jewellers fined in UK’s largest hallmarking seize

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Rathy Jewellers caught selling 6,000 pieces of unhallmarked jewellery.

Two directors of a Rathy Jewellers in London have been fined after Wandsworth Trading Standards carried out what is believed to be one of the biggest confiscations of unhallmarked gold jewellery to have ever taken place in the UK.

About 6,000 items of jewellery were confiscated by Wandsworth Trading Standards with a retail value of £750,000.

Rathy Jewellers directors Arunan Sivagnanalingham and Rajtharan Mahalingham have been ordered to pay fines of more than £9,800 after admitting to violating the Hallmarking Act 1973 at Richmond Magistrates Court.

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The pair had previously been warned by Trading Standards about selling unhallmarked jewellery in their store in Tooting, London, but continued to do so and were caught in June last year when visited by Trading Standards accompanied by a member of the Sheffield Assay Office.

Wandsworth Trading Standards chief Christopher Roe said: "We believe this to have been one of the largest seizures of unhallmarked gold jewellery made by Trading Standards officers in the UK and it is the second high-profile prosecution for unhallmarked jewellery in Wandsworth this year.”

This case is the latest in a string of offenses involving jewellers selling gold jewellery that has not been properly hallmarked.
In March more than 100 items of jewellery, worth more than £50,000, were seized from 21 retail jewellers in Birmingham, and back in February Mangla Jewellers in Bradford was ordered to pay £1,700 in fines after it was caught selling unhallmarked jewellery despite four previous warnings.

 

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