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Heritage Open Day at Sheffield Assay Office a shining success


Friday, Oct 06, 2017

The Sheffield Assay Office was delighted to see such interest from the public for Heritage Open Day 2017. Over 25 people booked to visit the premises and hear about the historical practice of testing and hallmarking precious metals.  The visitors many local taking the opportunity to see the wonderful facilities on their doorste...

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Nickel and the Skin


Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Did you know that Nickel is now the most frequent cause of contact allergy in Europe? Skin absorption of nickel ions, released from nickel containing materials, can lead to sensitisation. The degree of sensitivity to nickel varies between individuals. This widespread health problem has forced the introduction of measures to redu...

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Book a group visit to the Sheffield Assay Office today!


Friday, Sep 22, 2017

We welcome groups and societies to visit the Sheffield Assay Office. This is your opportunity to learn more about the assaying and hallmarking of precious metals and the work of the office over the last 244 years. Visits take place on Thursday and Friday, approx. duration 2.5 hrs. We ask for a minimum of 10 people and a maxim...

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Valuation days! Get your jewellery valued without any of it leaving your side


Friday, Sep 15, 2017

Valuation Days in Association with the Guild of Valuers and Jewellers. Valuation days give you the opportunity to sit one- to-one with one of our jewellery experts whilst your pieces are valued. Mandi Attwood of the Guild of Valuers and Jewellers will examine your items and record vital information about each piece, including ...

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How old is your gold?


Friday, Sep 08, 2017

If you have any objects that require the identification of hallmarks please do not hesitate to contact Please send photographs of the object and close up images of the marks. “Thank you for the quick reply, and for confirming the identification of the hallmarks. It is good to know that my grandmother-i...

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Get your ticket to meet Ralph Hoyle


Friday, Aug 25, 2017

  Silver Society member Ralph Hoyle will be talking about his own private collection of Rococo silver at a special event. You can hear all the revelations and secrets about the original owners of the silver at the event on Thursday 16 November 2017, from 10am to noon. There will also be the opportunity to view some of the piec...

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Showstoppers: Silver Centrepieces


Friday, Aug 18, 2017

       Showstoppers will take two iconic centrepieces from our historic silver collection and present them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid.  The exhibition will showcase the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrate women in silver, as mak...

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Sheffield’s talented goldsmiths exhibit in London


Friday, Aug 11, 2017

  A number of makers registered with the Sheffield Assay Office will be exhibiting at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair this autumn. The Goldsmiths’ Fair takes place in September and October 2017 at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London and is recognised internationally as the premier UK showcase forcontemporary jewellery and silver.  Co...

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