Protecting the Consumer and Servicing
the Trade with Independence and Integrity

Trading Standards found that 19 items of jewellery were of a lower carat weight than what they were advertised as.

Trading Standards officers in Birmingham have seized more than £50,000 worth of jewellery in a “crackdown” on the city.

A total of 104 items were removed from 21 jewellery retailers and stores in the Washwood Heath, Bordesley Green and Handsworth areas of Birmingham.

Of the items, 12 had not been hallmarked and 19 items were of a lower carat weight than they were being sold as. Others were marked with counterfeit branding such as BMW and Nike.

Story continues below

Advertisement

Vir Ahluwalia, Birmingham Trading Standards operations manager said: “Hallmarking is one of the oldest forms of consumer protection.

“Jewellers selling unhallmarked items place consumers at risk by not giving them an absolute guarantee that their purchase is what it claims to be.”

Ahluwalia also highlighted the “unfair financial advantage” that dishonest retailers had over businesses which comply with the law and have their items hallmarked.

The retailers from which goods were seized now face legal action, while Trading Standards will be contacting jewellers in Birmingham to warn them to comply with the law.

The crackdown is said to be the result of Birmingham Assay Office being saved from closure last year, which could have caused 120 job losses.

Hallmarking has been carried out for 700 years in the UK.

Recent

Featured

The Birmingham Assay Office launch optional Rainbow Logo mark to raise funds for the NHS

18th Jun 2020

Learn more

CAN UV LIGHT KILL THE COVID-19 VIRUS ON JEWELLERY ARTICLES?

8th Jun 2020

Learn more

The Birmingham Assay Office elects five new Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate.

3rd Jun 2020

Learn more

ANCHORCERT ACADEMY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

25th Sep 2018

Learn more

City of Wolverhampton wins Touchstone Award 2018

8th Jun 2018

Learn more

BHC CONSULTATION 2018: OUTCOME

2nd May 2018

Learn more

CATEGORIES

 
 

Your item has been added to the basket

You need to create an account, or login before you can add this item to your basket.