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Assay Office Curator Promotes Hallmarking at ACJ's Anniversary Conference

Published: 18th July 2022

Assay Office Curator Promotes Hallmarking at ACJ's Anniversary Conference

For three days in early July, our Librarian, Curator and Archivist Emma Paragreen joined 70 delegates from the UK at the University of Exeter for the Associations for Contemporary Jewellers 25th anniversary conference.

The event focused on the position of contemporary jewellery in a changed society, providing the opportunity for discussion, debate and engagement across a range of concerns that affect the discipline of jewellery. The theme of the event also posed questions pertinent to the current global situation and explored the discipline of jewellery through some specific contextual lenses.

The discussion lead to how creative education is changing and whether there is a skills gap on the horizon. But as we live in a digital culture that supports the creative entrepreneur, what does the future of the British Jewellery look like in this post-Brexit and global pandemic landscape? While contemporary jewellery in Britain has evolved much over the last 25 years, how will jewellery evolve over the next 25?

Emma enjoyed presenting to the audience on the future of hallmarking and a lively debate was had regarding the need for assaying and hallmarking and future of precious metals.

This conference was kindly supported by the Goldsmiths Centre, Cookson Golds, Presman Mastermelts and Sheffield Assay Office.

Find out more about The Association of Contemporary Jewellery here

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

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