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Assay Office Launches Valuation Service

09 Nov 2011

The Sheffield Assay Office are Delighted to Announce the Launch of Their New Valuation Service

Rises in cost of precious metal means items many not be adequately insured

Sheffield’s 238-year-old hallmarking office is to launch a professional branded valuation service which will offer valuations on jewellery, watches and silverware as a same-day service, rather than the standard six-to-eight week wait time of a high street jeweller.

The Sheffield Assay Office, one of only four remaining assay offices in the UK, has collaborated with the Guild of Valuers & Jewellers (GVJ) to offer the valuation days which will take place both at the Assay Office and at jewellers’ premises, as well as a drop-off service, on-site visits for jewellers and postal valuations.

Ashley Carson, the Assay Master at Sheffield, said: “We are delighted to be working with the leading valuation and registration specialist in the country in the GVJ. By adding the Guild’s experience and valuing expertise to our established service offering, we are able to enhance our services for customers and rapidly respond to their needs.

“The recent sharp rise in the price of precious metals has meant that an item which was valued at £6,000 a couple of years ago may be worth closer to £10,000 today – in turn meaning that the item may well be under-insured.

“With the rise in cost of precious metals customers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having their valuables properly appraised, documented and protected. We’d encourage anyone to take the opportunity to have their items valued.”

The first valuation day will take place at Sheffield Assay Office on 1st December 2011. Valuation costs are dependent on the value of the item. Customers wishing to book an appointment should call 0114 231 2121 or email


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