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Fine, Bright and Shining: Two silversmiths selected for the Little Gems 2013 Commissions

21
Feb

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

The annual Little Gems commission by the Sheffield Assay Office was given a special twist this year. Instead of being offered the usual £1000 fee and £500 towards materials to create a new precious metal artwork, selected silversmiths Sarah Pasley and Colette Bishop were given the fee and a 1kg bar of fine silver, stamped with t...

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Tours and Talks

1
Feb

Friday, Feb 01, 2013

Join us for a coffee and partake in our popular and interesting talk about the history and work of The Office, with our Curator Emma Paragreen. Emma is both knowledgeable and passionate about our history and has recently taken her first overseas booking, a party visiting later in year, from the USA. What a compliment! This visi...

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Hallmarking Figures and Trends 2011 vs 2012

1
Feb

Friday, Feb 01, 2013

As precious metals prices continue to rise, the decline for Hallmarking reduces further. In total 9,331,451 articles were hallmarked by the four UK assay Offices in 2012, by comparison this is a decrease of 14.1% from 2011. This, on the most part, is down to a 20.8% drop in Silver articles of 1,260,628, Gold followed with ...

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Hallmarking Figures and Trends October to December 2012

1
Feb

Friday, Feb 01, 2013

This table depicts the amount of precious metal articles being submitted for hallmarking in the months of October to December  2012, by all four UK Assay Offices including the percentage increase or decrease when compared to Quarter 4 2011.                                                                                          ...

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Annual Mary Parsons Charity Event

3
Jan

Thursday, Jan 03, 2013

Almost 200 years ago, in 1817, a lady called Mary Parsons left a bequest in her will for the amount of £1,500 - in those days a considerable amount - to benefit forty eight old, infirm and poor Sheffield silversmiths. This generous gesture was made in memory of her brother John, who was one of the earliest Sheffield platers and ...

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Seasons Greetings from the Assay Master and all of the team at the Sheffield Assay Office

11
Dec

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012

We would all like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year. May we also remind you that our offices will be closed from the 21st December and will not re-open until on the 3rd January. The last day we can accept samples will be the 21st December. If you would like further supp...

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Cadmium Content Testing Legislation

5
Dec

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012

What is Cadmium? Cadmium is a heavy metal which is used in the jewellery industry. It is harmful when ingested or inhaled and is a known carcinogen. Why do we need to test for Cadmium? Cadmium is added to alloys in small amounts to improve the functional attributes of metals or as a lead substitute. It can be present in jewel...

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Lead Content Testing – How does New Legislation Affect Me?

5
Dec

Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012

What is Lead? Lead is a metal which, even at very low levels of exposure, can be toxic. It is not excreted by the body but instead accumulates so that regular exposure, even to very small quantities, can amount to damaging levels in the body. Why do we need to test for Lead? Lead poisoning can negatively affect both intellect...

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