Precious metals marking

This guide provides an outline to the quality and marking requirements of precious metals articles subject to the Precious Metals Marking Act and Regulations. The following seven sections provide most of the pertinent information regarding the application of marks to precious metal articles as directed by the Act and Regulations.

Precious Metal Articles (Not Plated)

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  • Minimum quality requirements must be met depending on whether the article is gold, silver, platinum, or palladium.
  • The quality mark applied must truly and correctly indicate the quality of the precious metal.
  • The quality of the article must fall within the prescribed tolerances for precious metal articles.
  • An acceptable quality designation must be used depending on whether the article is gold, silver, platinum, or palladium.
  • Where only a part of the article is composed of the precious metal of the quality specified, the name of the part must be specified immediately before or after the quality mark.
  • A legitimate trademark must be applied to the precious metal article.
  • The method of marking the trademark must be the same as the method applied to the quality mark.
  • Other marks applied to the precious metal article must not be calculated to mislead or deceive.
Gold Plated Articles

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  • Minimum quality requirements must be met depending on whether the article is gold filled, rolled gold plate, gold plate or vermeil.
  • The quality mark applied must truly and correctly indicate the quality of the gold.
  • The quality of the article must fall within the prescribed tolerances for gold plated articles.
  • An acceptable quality designation must be used depending on whether the article is gold filled, rolled gold plate, gold plate or vermeil.
  • Where only a part of the article is composed of the precious metal of the quality specified, the name of the part must be specified immediately before or after the quality mark.
  • A legitimate trademark must be applied to the precious metal article.
  • The method of marking the trademark must be the same as the method applied to the quality mark.
  • Other marks applied to the precious metal article must not be calculated to mislead or deceive.
Silver Plated Articles

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  • Minimum quality requirements must be met depending on whether the article is silver filled or silver electroplate.
  • The quality mark applied must truly and correctly indicate the quality of the silver.
  • The quality of the article must fall within the prescribed tolerances for silver plated articles.
  • An acceptable quality designation must be used depending on whether the article is silver filled or silver plated.
  • If only a part of the article is composed of the quality marked silver, the name of the part is specified immediately before or after the quality mark.
  • A legitimate trademark must be applied to the precious metal article.
  • The method of marking the trademark must be the same as the method applied to the quality mark.
  • Other marks applied to the precious metal article must not be calculated to mislead or deceive.
Plated Watch Cases

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Spectacle Frames

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  • Minimum quality requirements must be met depending on whether the article is gold filled, rolled gold plate, or gold plate.
  • The quality mark applied must truly and correctly indicate the quality of the gold.
  • The quality of the article must fall within the prescribed tolerances for spectacle frame articles.
  • An acceptable quality designation must be used depending on whether the article is gold filled, rolled gold plate, or gold plate.
  • A legitimate trademark must be applied to the precious metal article.
  • The method of marking the trademark must be the same as the method applied to the quality mark.
  • Other marks applied to the precious metal article must not be calculated to mislead or deceive.
Plated Flatware

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  • Minimum quality requirements must be met depending on whether the flatware is silver plated, gold plated, base metal nickel.
  • The quality mark applied must truly and correctly indicate the quality of the precious metal.
  • The quality of the article must fall within the prescribed tolerances for plated flatware articles.
  • An acceptable quality designation must be used depending on whether the article is silver plated or gold plated. An acceptable designation must be used if the article is base metal nickel.
  • If the base metal of the flatware article contains less than 10% pure nickel by weight, then the flatware must bear the name of the base metal in conjunction with the trademark.
  • A legitimate trademark must be applied to the precious metal article.
  • The method of marking the trademark must be the same as the method applied to the quality mark.
  • Other marks applied to the precious metal article must not be calculated to mislead or deceive.
Plated Hollow Ware

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Note that it is not necessary for the dealer to mark a precious metal article for quality. If a mark is used, however, it must be factual and conform to the standards described in this document.

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