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What to do if you see someone breaking Hallmarking Law

Published: 5th December 2019

What to do if you see someone breaking Hallmarking Law

The British Hallmarking Council, established by Parliament to oversee hallmarking in the UK, has recently released this press release advising people what to do if they become aware of others selling precious metal items without a UK hallmark.

The hallmark is a vital form of consumer protection. Customers need to know that what they are purchasing is the real deal, and is worth what they are paying. A hallmark provides that assurance. 

Click here to read the press release from the British Hallmarking Council.

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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