In 2011 the Standards division of the SABS published a revised edition of a hallmarking standard for articles made of precious metals. It consists of the letters ‘ZA’ encased in an oval, denoting South Africa as country of origin. A year mark is not required but it was recommended that the grade marking content be indicated alongside the ZA mark. This is then followed by the individual maker’s mark. This recommendation was written into legislation and finally enacted in 2013 where all South African-made precious metal products above 1 gram in weight are required to comply with the specifications. Individual maker’s marks remained optional.
A hallmark is a mark or series of marks struck on items made of precious metals ( like platinum ,palladium , gold, or silver ), manufacturer & or country. Hallmarks should guarantee a certain purity or fineness of the metal. NB! Hallmarking systems differ from country to country.