Legislation of Hallmarking

What is a hallmark?

It’s an official stamp of quality, production & importation.
A hallmark is a Government seal that’s stamped precious metal objects, such as jewellery or silverware. The purpose of a hallmark is to certify the metal purity of the item and his legal commercial entity. On every silver product we sell there is a “925” stamp which indicates the material and the quality of silver used for this jewelry. A Hallmark is a stamp delivered from the authorities. A Responsible mark is a stamp that comes from the producter or importer. The responsible mark from All4silver is “A4S”.


Why is hallmark necessary?

Hallmarking is the law
Official hallmarking is the trusted way to guarantee that you are getting the correct purity of precious metals in your jewellery and that your jewellery have been imported and traded legally.

What does hallmarking do or bring to seller & buyer?

Hallmarking protects both consumers & jewellers
Compulsory hallmarking means that the public will always have a guarantee of quality and origin. Because it’s impossible to tell how pure a precious metal item is by simply looking at it, only official assaying can guarantee standards.

How does a hallmark looks like?

Each country got its own symbol for hallmarking
All4silver is a wholesaler of 925 silver jewelry based in Slovakia which is part of the European Union. This way all jewelry hallmarked by the Slovak authority are legally accepted in all countries from the European Union.
Here is the hallmark that you will find on your jewelry if it’s concerned by the local rules & legislation of your country.


Who does hallmarking?

Only authorities can use officially registered hallmark
Every country have its own hallmarking office, it is usually under the department of precious metal or custom duties/ importation. Only these national registered offices are certified to hallmark. As jewellery wholesaler, All4silver works on a daily basis with the “Puncovy urad” which is the hallmark office from the Slovak republic, based in Trencin.

What jewelry need to be hallmarked?

Your country and the weight of silver defines what needs to be hallmarked
In every country the rules & legislation for selling/buying silver jewelry can be different also depending on the silver weight of the jewelry (one single piece).Note: a pair of Earrings is considered as two independent single pieces of jewelry.
Find below according the hallmarking obligations according to country and silver weight.

Country Silver Weight (grams) “925” (Material stamp) A4S (Responsibility mark) Hallmark from the authorities
Czech Republic 3.00Gr < Yes Yes Yes
Hungary 2.00Gr < Yes Yes Yes
Poland 5.00Gr < Yes Yes Yes
Romania 2.00Gr < Yes Yes Yes
Slovakia 2.50Gr < Yes Yes Yes
Slovenia 7.00Gr < Yes Yes Yes

Where to find more information?

Contact the hallmarking office in your country.
Find below the address and contact information of your country:

Austria Steuer und ZollkoordinationEdelmetallkontroll-Labor
Address: Vordere Zollamtstrasse 5, AT – 1030 VIENNA
Tel: +43 1 71 10 65 71 435
Fax: +43 1 59 71 400
E-mail: kazem.rezwan@bmf.gv.at
Croatia State Office for MetrologyState Office for Metrology
Ulica grada Vukovara 284/VI
HR-10000 Zagreb
Tel: + 385 1 563 0000
Fax: + 385 1 563 0001
E-mail: pisarnica@dzm.hr
www.dzm.hr
Czech Republic Puncovní úřad PrahaAddress: Kozí 4
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
Tel +420 225 982 111
Fax: +420 225 982 201
E-mail: info@puncovniurad.cz
www.puncovniurad.cz
Demark Assay Office c/o Force TechnologyAddress: Park Allé 345, 2605 Brøndby
Tel: +45 43 26 70 00
Fax: +45 43 26 70 11
E-mail: info@aedelmetalkontrollen.dk
www.force.dk
France Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits IndirectsAddress: Direction Générale des Douanes
et Droits Indirects (DGDDI-F3)
Garantie des métaux précieux
11, rue des Deux Communes
FR - 93588 MONTREUIL Cedex
Tel: +33 1 57 53 44 63
Fax: +33 1 57 53 42 88
Germany FEMAddress: FEM Forschungsinstitut
Katharinenstraße 17
D73525 Schäbisch Gmünd
Tel: 00497171 100645
E-mail: voelker@fem-online.de
www.fem-online.de
Hungary Hungarian Trade Licensing Office (HTLO)
Address: Assay Authority of the Hungarian Trade Licensing Office (HTLO)
Bláthy Ottó u.3
HU - 1089 BUDAPEST VIII
Tel: +36 1 313 00 20
Fax: +36 1 210 21 71
E-mail:www.nemesfemvizsgalo.hu
Italy AssicorAddress:Via G.b. Morgani 30H
IT – 00161 ROME
Tel: +39 06 97 61 01 76
Fax: +39 06 97 61 05 26
E-mail: assicor@assicor.org
www.assicor.org
Montenegro Odjeljenje za dragocjene metale Zavod za metrologiju Address: Ul. Kralja Nikole 2
81000 Podgorica, Crna
Tel: +382 20 601 360; +382 20 601 361
Fax: +382 20 634 652
E-mail: milena.raonic@metrologija.gov.me
www.metrologija.gov.me
The Netherlands Waarborg Platina, Goud en Zilver N.V
Address: Waarborg Platina, Goud en Zilver N.V. (Waarborg Holland)
Postbus 1075
NL - 2800 BB GOUDA
Tel: +31 182 58 93 00
Fax: +31 182 52 17 45
E-mail: info@waarborg.nl
www.hallmarking.com
www.waarborg.nl
Poland Regional Assay Office in Warsawul. Elektoralna 200-139 Warszawa
e-mai: oup.warszawa@gum.gov.pl
dyrektor.oup.warszawa@gum.gov.pl
www.gum.gov.pl/probiernictwo
tel: +48 22 620 33 94
fax: +48 22 620 27 85
Romania National Authority for Consumers ProtectionAddress: National Authority for Consumer Protection, Precious Metals &Precious Stones Department
30 Strada Fabrica de chibrituri
Monetaria Statului Gate 3
RO - Sect.5 BUCHAREST
Tel / Fax: +40 21 312 82 3
E-mail:www.anpc.gov.ro
Slovenia Ministrstvo za visoko šolstvo, znanost in tehnologijo
Address: Kotnikova 38
Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000
Slovenia
Tel: +386 1 478 46 00
E-mail: gp.mvzt@gov.si
www.mvzt.gov.si
Slovakia Assay OfficeAssay Office of the Slovak Republic
Medena 10
SK - 814 56 BRATISLAVA
Tel: +421 2 52 92 02 00
Fax: +421 2 52 63 52 72
E-mail: pusr@puncurad.gov.sk
www.puncurad.gov.sk
Switzerland Oberzolldirektion Zentralamt für Edelmetallkontrolle
Address: Oberzolldirektion
Zentralamt für Edelmetallkontrolle
CH - 3003 BERN
Tel: +41(0)58 462 66 34
Fax: +41(0)58 464 84 41
E-mail: thomas.brodmann@ezv.admin.ch
www.ezv.admin.ch/dienstleistungen/04062/index.html?lang=en
Ukraine Assay Office
Ukrainian State Assay Office
Address: Ukrainian State Assay Office of Ministry of Finance of Ukraine
26 Otto Schmidta Street
UA - KIEV 04107
Tel: +380 44 206 70 39
Fax: +380 44 486 38 11
E-mail : kievassay@ukrtel.net
www.assay.gov.ua