Regulations on jewellery sent from Ireland


Does anyone know what is required on packages from Ireland?? What are
the required stickers and labels, and what should be declared. Any
loopholes ???

Best wishes to the wonderful Orchid family


One thing to consider is the fact that in the USA, it is illegal to
sell anything under 10K as gold. I have seen pieces made in the UK
marketed over here as 8K gold, and as far as I know that is not a
permissible practice. If Ireland allows 8K and you are marketing your
goods in the US, this can be an issue.

Lee Einer
Dos Manos Jewelry

Hi Tina,

Try looking up Stamps | Current Accounts | Credit Cards | Loans | An Post
Which has most of the info you need.

Neil KilBane,

Hi Lee,

8K or 8ct is not a legal standard in Ireland or the UK, but as far
as I know it is in Germany where it is also stamped 333.

The lowest legal standard for gold in Ireland and the UK is
9K/9ct/375 this was to stop the import of gold from Germany,
similarly the minimum standard in the US is 10K/10ct/417 to stop the
import of UK and Irish gold.

In Ireland the accepted standards are 9ct, 10ct, 14ct, 18ct, 20ct
and 22ct, then there are marks for 990/1000 and 999/1000.

Neil KilBane,

Hello Tina,

Jewelry sent to the US from Ireland is supposed to be taxed, but
often is not. Especially if it is sent by post. FedEx and UPS
shipments will routinely go through the customs brokers, which adds
6 to 12 percent, more or less. Costume jewlery is taxed at the
higher rate, silver and gold taxed at the lower. Assay office
applied hallmarks are not required if the work is sold in the US,
but your customers may want it anyway. As Lee points out, 9 carat is
not supposed to be sold as “gold” in the US, but lots of it is
anyway. There does not seem to be any consequence for ignoring this
rule other than the fact that most Americans do not much care for
that quality. 10 karat is legal, but most Americans really want 14K
or 18K. We also do not have the regulations about nickel release
from our jewelry alloys.

Looking for loopholes, I would suggest that this depends a lot on
how much you trust the person you are shipping to. Several of my
suppliers will send me their work in uninsured packets by post.
Larger orders are sent in several packets, keeping the declared
value under $250. We have had very good luck keeping the shipping
expenses low this way, with a remakably little loss in shipment.
This obviously will not wotk if the pieces you are shipping have a
higher value. At least not if you are honest about the customs
declaration. Good luck.

Stephen Walker