A Birmingham jewellery firm was today (27 March 2015) ordered to pay a total of £8,288 after pleading guilty to 13 offences, under the Hallmarking Act 1973.
Yousaf Jewellers, based in Coventry Road, Small Heath, was fined £500 for each offence (£6,500) ordered to pay costs of £1,738 and a £50 victim surcharge at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Birmingham City Council brought the case against Yousafs Jewellers after Trading Standards officers seized 15 pieces of jewellery during an inspection by Trading Standards officers on 4 February 2014.
The items, which included five double rings and five bangles, were submitted for examination by the Assay Office. Of the 15 items submitted 14 were not hallmarked
Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement for Birmingham City Council, said“People should be able to have confidence when they are buying valuable goods, like gold jewellery, that they are of the quality they purport to be.
“Of the 15 items sent to the Assay Office by our officers for verification, 14 were not hallmarked – this is why it’s important for Trading Standards to take action and bring cases like this to the public’s attention.”