New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) An Indian minister Monday underlined the need for more and more jewellery producers joining the hallmarking certification to ensure international quality bench-marking of their products.
This would enable the popularising of artistic Indian jewellery the world over, Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni said here while inaugurating the 'Festival of Gold 2006' organised by the Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC).
The ministry also plans to organise four events in three states of the country to popularise hallmarked jewellery in India, she added.
The seven-day 'Festival of Gold' provides an exciting display and sale of a large range of precious stones and designer jewellery hallmarked for quality and purity.
Over 50,000 items are on display at the festival representing various facets of Indian culture and jewellery traditions. The collections on display showcase a mixture of ethnic and new age designs, created by versatile craftsmen from distinct regions across the country.
Hallmarking comprises stringent checks and controls for ensuring that the quality and purity of gold is judiciously adhered.
Currently, 28 hallmarking centres operate in India while about 990 jewellers have been accredited with the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) for hallmarking their gold jewellery. This is a miniscule number, considering that jewellery items are sold through more than 300,000 outlets in the country.
MMTC has been a pioneer in setting up its own hallmarking and assaying facilities since early 1990s in association with British Hallmarking. Its two-fold objective is to improve quality of gold jewellery in the country and thus help consumers get value for their money.