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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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The Four UK Assay Offices sponsor the BHC’s Touchstone Award

28
Nov

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012

The Touchstone Award, initiated by the British Hallmarking Council (BHC), is a national award for Trading Standards, in respect of Hallmarking. The Chairman of the BHC’s Education and Enforcement Committee, Mike Drewry, presented the ‘Touchstone Award’ at the Annual Conference of the Trading Standards Institute in June and the w…

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Client and Visitor Testimonials

26
Nov

Monday, Nov 26, 2012

We welcome all enquiries though our website, whether you have a question about the services we offer or you would like help tracing the history of a family heirloom. We have had some wonderful feedback from people who we have helped recently and are excited to share them. “That's fantastic, our bowl is not as old as we thought…

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Millennium Punch Bowl is looking spick and span.

19
Oct

Friday, Oct 19, 2012

Sheffield Assay Office in collaboration with Museums Sheffield and the four original silversmiths who designed and made the Millennium Punch bowl and cups met last week to give the Sheffield Assay Office commission a clean.  For those of you who have not seen the punch bowl this is a large bowl accompanied by a series of individ…

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Millennium Punch Bowl is looking spick and span.

19
Oct

Friday, Oct 19, 2012

Sheffield Assay Office in collaboration with Museums Sheffield and the four original silversmiths who designed and made the Millennium Punch bowl and cups met last week to give the Sheffield Assay Office commission a clean.  For those of you who have not seen the punch bowl this is a large bowl accompanied by a series of individ…

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Hallmarking Figures and Trends July to September 2012

15
Oct

Monday, Oct 15, 2012

This table depicts the amount of precious metal articles being submitted for hallmarking in the months of July to September 2012, by all four UK Assay Offices including the percentage increase or decrease when compared to Quarter 3 2011. As precious metals prices are on the increase again it isn't really a surprise that hallmar…

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Sheffield Assay Office - Talk and Tour 2013

11
Oct

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012

On Thursday 24th January 2013 From 10:00am to 12:30pm Take the opportunity to find out more about the testing and marking of precious metals in the city of Sheffield.  The Sheffield Assay Office have been established for 239 years and welcome you to a talk about the history and work of the Assay Office , view selected pieces …

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