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Jeweller fined thousands for flouting Hallmarking laws

24 Oct 2014


A jewellery shop in Wembley and its former company director have been fined for selling goods without the required hallmarks. Officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards found that Rathy Jewellers Limited, in Ealing Road was selling more than 50 gold, platinum and palladium rings without the legally required mark to prove the quality of the precious metals.

Brent Council launched a prosecution and enlisted the help of Sheffield Assay Office to provide hallmarking knowledge and expertise.

Willesden Magistrates Court fined the company £4,500 and Raj Mahalingham, a former director £3,000 together with court costs of £1,371.

The leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt said “The law on hallmarking is there to protect consumers so that people buying jewellery can know what the true value of the item is and to ensure that businesses are being open and fair with their customers.”

Jon Ashby, Senior Enforcement Officer for Brent Council’s Regulatory Services was very grateful for Sheffield Assay Office’s contribution in achieving a conviction in this case. He said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your invaluable help and assistance in this matter, without which we would not have got across the line.”

UK law states that any article described as being wholly or partly made of gold, silver, platinum or palladium (that is not covered under exempt articles) must be hallmarked.  Click here for full details of the UK hallmarking regulations or contact us for further details.

[Image: Kilburnt Times]


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