The Austrian Republic’s Platinum Punchmark Laws
A recent issue of Deutsche Goldschmiede-Zeitung contains a lengthy report concerning the legal marking of articles of platinum or in part of such. We append several facts that should interest the jewelry trade in general in this country as possible lines for use in our own legislation. “The law regulating platinum punch-marks of so-called utensils (Geräthe) calls for their containing 950-thousandth parts fine metal, inclusive of solder in their individual parts.
“That the platinum utensils made for export beyond the customs border can be of any kind of content whatever.
“The fineness of the platinum utensils is to be denoted by the figures 950. The impression of the figures as to fineness is a responsibility of the party.
“The parts that are false, insofar as they are not recognizable, are to be provided with the words ‘Metal’ or ‘False.’ Are such parts not possible of marking false, they must not be either gilded or silvered.
“Articles that are not genuine must not be plated with platinum so thick that the scratch test is hindered. * * * The attaching of platinum decoration to articles similar to platinum is not permitted.”
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 12th September 1923