SII to assay and authenticate jewelry for export to Europe

The Standards Institution of Israel will assay and authenticate jewelry articles bound for export to Europe, following Israel’s signing of the Convention on the Control and Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (the Hallmarking Convention) by the Diamonds, Gems and Jewelry Administration of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The new service will save exporters considerable time and expense.

The Hallmarking Convention, originated by the European Free Trade Association, has been signed by many countries, principally in Europe. It sets unified standards for authentication and enables national assay offices designated under the Convention to apply a common control mark (CCM) to articles of gold, silver and platinum after they have tested the fineness of the alloys of the articles in accordance with agreed testing methods. Articles bearing Convention marks are accepted without further testing or marking by any of the signatory states.

Until now, Israeli jewelry exporters had to have their products marked in the destination countries and they were occasionally returned for failing to meet the countries’ standards. Now, with Israel joining the Convention, any Israeli exporter of products and jewelry made of precious metals (gold, silver, platinum and palladium) will be able to have them hallmarked with the CCM symbol in SII’s precious metals laboratory. Hallmarking in Israel will significantly reduce exporters’ expenses as well as help to preserve reputations that were on occasion harmed through the export of jewelry that did not meet foreign standards.