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Assay Office to provide new services

Date: December 01, 2015
Domain:Business & Industry
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 01 December, 2015: Amendments will be made to the Jewellery (Verification and Grading of Precious and Semi-Precious Stones) Regulations 2009 with a view to enabling the Assay Office to provide the services for sealing of precious and semi-precious stones against payment of an appropriate fee. 
The project aims at building customer confidence, enhancing customer satisfaction, and ensuring that authentic precious and semi-precious stones that are being sold on the market, are as per the report on the certificate of authenticity.
The Assay Office
The Assay Office is the body responsible to implement the Jewellery Act 2007. The Act regulates and controls the manufacture, sale and importation of jewellery made of gold, silver and platinum or their alloys, and the identification and grading of gemstones.
The Assay Office offers the various services: Testing of gold, silver, platinum jewellery and their alloys for jewellers, government institutions and the public; Verification and identification of precious and semi-precious stones for jewellers, government institutions and the public; Grading of diamonds for jewellers, government institutions and the public; and Valuation of jewellery for the public.
The Office is also responsible for the following: Registration of jewellers dealing in gold, silver, platinum jewellery and precious or semi-precious stones; Registration of Sponsor’s marks, Identification marks and Importer’s marks for jewellers.
It also provides the following services: Endorsement of Ownership Declaration Form pertaining to sale of second hand jewellery; Provision of relevant literature on jewellery; and Investigation of complaints from public.
The Assay Office operates two laboratories namely the Assay Laboratory and the Gemmology Laboratory. The services are offered to the public, jewellers and government institutions.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
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