Does anyone know the Canadian hallmarking laws regarding
jewelry items made of 999 fine silver? Can the quality mark <999
fine> be applied without a registered maker's hallmark?
There is a site you can look at regarding hallmarking at
My understanding is that it is not compulsory to put any mark on the
items, but if you do put a quality mark on it, you have to have a
trademark stamp on it as well. When you put a quality mark on it you
are making a claim, and they want to know who to contact if that
claim is not quite true (ie: undercarating).
If you don’t mark it, you may run into people who are doubtful about
what it is made of, or you have to convince each person who buys it,
that it is really silver
The article also states that to stamp it with silver or sterling
silver, it has to be at least 92.5% silver. Fine silver is definitely
over that percentage.
The site also has an email address for the competition bureau who
might have the definitive interpretation.
Hope that helps