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Sheffield Hallam University BA Jewellery students visit Sheffield Assay Office

Published: 25th March 2019


Throughout March Sheffield Assay Office has welcomed all 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students on the BA (Hons) Jewellery and Metalwork Course from Sheffield Hallam University. Over the last few years this has become an annual visit and proved to be an important part of the course and benefitting the students greatly.

53 students have been joined by their tutors Rachael Colley, Coilin O'Dubhghaill and Jeff Durber. Each 2 hour session has provided the students with an over view of the history and work of UK Assay Offices and an opportunity to learn about the processof assaying, hallmarking and the law.  This information becomes more important to the students as the course progresses and they start to design, make and sell their own pieces of jewellery and silverware. 

For almost 25 year Sheffield Assay Office and Assay Master, Mr Ashley Carson have supported the course in a number of ways by supplying materials, providing commission opportunities and awarding prizes.  Not only are there these benefits whilst the students are on the programme they can use the Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) sponsor mark and have articles marked for free. The final year students are encouraged to make a piece for their final year degree show and have it hallmarked at the office. Many students go on to register their own sponsor’s marks during the course and many take up registration post-graduation.

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.

To find out more about the whole range of services offered by Sheffield Assay Office, such as our hallmarking and analytical services, please email us at or complete the contact form on our website at,

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