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Silver teapots by designer silversmith Cameron Maxfield unveiled at Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield

12
Apr

Friday, Apr 12, 2019

Cameron Maxfield (Max) is a master of his craft with a vast knowledge of traditional skills and a meticulous attention for detail. His work reflects his keen eye for contemporary design and employment of alternative methods and materials. He has a personal passion for the teapot, returning to and experimenting with the form over...

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New northern contemporary jewellery and silversmithing show announced

12
Apr

Friday, Apr 12, 2019

  Organisers have chosen the magnificent Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield as the back- drop for a new precious metals selling fair, the first of its kind in the region. Goldsmiths North will build on the success of The Goldsmiths’ Fair in London and the Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold in Edinburgh when it takes...

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Did you know? We can hallmark articles of jewellery containing both precious metal and base metal or other materials

8
Apr

Monday, Apr 08, 2019

     Since 2007, hallmarking legislation has allowed mixed metal items subject to the following conditions: A mixed precious metal and base metal article, or an article of mixed precious metal and other materials, can only be hallmarked if any precious metal component is at least the minimum legal fineness for that metal i.e. ...

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Head of Analytical Services - Dr Belen Morales: recognised as 'Woman in Science'

5
Apr

Friday, Apr 05, 2019

We are delighted that Dr Belen Morales, Head of Analytical Services here at Sheffield Assay Office, has been recognised as woman in science.  "Women In Science Day is a reminder that women play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened. The celebration is led by UN...

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Master and Mistress Cutler of The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire visit the Sheffield Assay Office

1
Apr

Monday, Apr 01, 2019

    Two well established organisations within the City of Sheffield met today to learn a little more about one another, the meeting of the Sheffield Assay Office and The Company of Cutlers of Hallamshire. The Assay Master, Mr Ashley Carson was delighted to host the Master and Mistress Cutler, Nick and Liz Cragg, on Friday 22ndM...

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Sheffield Hallam University BA Jewellery students visit Sheffield Assay Office

25
Mar

Monday, Mar 25, 2019

     Throughout March Sheffield Assay Office has welcomed all 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students on the BA (Hons) Jewellery and Metalwork Course from Sheffield Hallam University. Over the last few years this has become an annual visit and proved to be an important part of the course and benefitting the students greatly. 53 studen...

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Jewellery testing in the 21st Century

25
Mar

Monday, Mar 25, 2019

Sheffield Assay Office uses the latest X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) measuring technology to determine the precious metal content of articles received for hallmarking. Until around 15 years ago, tiny samples of metal had to be physically removed from the jewellery and sent to the laboratory for analysis by fire assay (for gold), pot...

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What is ICP-MS?

15
Mar

Friday, Mar 15, 2019

By Dr Belen Morales, Head of Analytical Services Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is an instrumental technique which was first introduced in the early 1980’s to determine elemental content of water samples at trace levels. Over recent years new developments have eliminated the original disadvantages and expanded i...

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