Council exposes failure to comply with UK hallmarking regulations.
Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council have been making spot checks at Asian jewellers in the city to ensure hallmarking laws are being respected.
As part of its visits to Birmingham jewellers, Trading Standards said it has found items of gold jewellery sold without a hallmark and has also discovered instances of jewellers marketing gold jewellery as the incorrect carat.
Chris Neville, head of Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are keen to protect the interests of Asian consumers, and since we started visiting jewellers to remind them of their obligations, I am pleased to report that there has been a rise in traders visiting Birmingham’s Assay Office to get their items properly hallmarked.”
Jewellery that originates in the Asian sub-continent is not initially subject to the same hallmarking systems as in the UK, but when the jewellery goes on sale in the UK it becomes subject to the national regulations.