Hallmarking Services

Hallmarking

The Oldest Form of Consumer Protection - A Brief History In an age where consumer protection and rights are a key concern for most present-day manufacturers it is fascinating to note that the hallmark is, in fact, one of the oldest forms of consumer protection that exists. The history of the hallmark dates back as far 1300, when a statute of Edwar...

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UK Hallmarks

The sponsor's mark, fineness mark and the assay office mark are compulsory marks. The crown on gold, the lion passant for 925 silver, the Britannia mark for 958 silver and the orb for 950 platinum and the date letter in all cases are voluntary additional marks....

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Lasermarking

Laser marking at Sheffield Assay Office is an area of ongoing development which has opened up some interesting and innovative applications for this process. Laser marking is widely used for marking traditional, standard hallmarks onto precious metal but it also an ideal process for clearly and accurately marking a range of logos, signatures and se...

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Mixed Metal Marking

Changes to the Hallmarking legislation which came into force on April 6th 2007 have created new opportunities for the Jewellery industry and offer consumers more accurate descriptions of the items they are purchasing. Historically, the Hallmarking Act has prevented the Assay Offices from hallmarking items made of a mixture of precious and base met...

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Control Marks

The sponsor's mark, fineness mark and the assay office mark are compulsory marks. The crown on gold, the lion passant for 925 silver, and the orb for 950 platinum and the date letter in all cases are voluntary additional marks....

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Palladium

HALLMARK FOR PALLADIUM BECOMES COMPULSORY - the facts The Palladium Hallmark became compulsory on the 1st January 2010 Prior to the 1st January 2019 there had been a voluntary mark from July 2009. From 1st January 2010 hallmarking became a compulsory legal requirement for all Palladium articles weighing over 1 gram. The recognised fineness st...

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Convention Marks

The Convention on the Marking of Articles of Precious Metal is an international treaty between states which is designed to ensure safeguards for the cross border trade in precious metal. Signed in Vienna in November1972, it entered into force in1975 and is designed to provide a recognised alternative to the traditional UK Hallmarks. The United Kin...

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Daily Collection

Sheffield Assay Office now offers a daily collection service for hallmarking from Birmingham and London. Designed to make life easier for you, our service combines fair rates with fast turnaround. Our couriers visit both cities daily. Why not give us a try us and benefit from the difference? If you are a new customer to Sheffield Assay Office yo...

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Private Assays

Bought a piece of jewellery, and unsure what it's made of? Found an old piece of silver amongst the family heirlooms, but don't know what it is? Or even if it's silver, or electroplate? We can tell you. Contact us and benefit from our knowledge and experience. Our registers of maker's marks (now called sponsor's marks) go back to 1773. If you have...

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Training and Conference Facilities

Sheffield Assay Office offers a unique venue for training and conference facilities. Our headquarters here at Guardian's Hall have been purpose-built to meet our needs, and those of our clients, exactly. The ground floor of this impressive two-storey building is dedicated to assay, analytical and research services whilst the first floor is home to ...

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Tours and Talks

Sheffield Assay Office is a popular venue for organisations and groups - both those who already have a special interest in silver and hallmarking and those who appreciate an unusual and memorable day out. Whether you are a group of friends, a club or an organisation, you will find that our fascinating history, library resources and stunning silver...

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Valuation Service

Rises in cost of precious metal means items many not be adequately insured Sheffield's 240-year-old to 244 years hallmarking office is delighted to offer a 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 Sh...

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Hallmarking Act 1973

DEALERS TO EXHIBIT NOTICES AS TO HALLMARKS 1. Legal Requirement Section 11 of the Hallmarking Act 1973 requires:Dealers to exhibit notices as to hallmarks. (1) Any dealer shall keep exhibited at all times, in a conspicuous position in a part of his premises to which those with whom he deals are commonly admitted, a notice in terms approved and i...

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Hallmarking Charges

The following charges are payable for gold, silver, platinum and palladium articles brought or sent to the Sheffield Assay Office for assay and hallmarking. Gold / Palladium Bracelets, Chains & Necklets Under 5gUnder 10gUnder 30g 57p67p97p Earrings Each 42p Rings Each 52p Other Articles Under 20g 60p Second H...

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