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Sheffield Assay Office welcomes one of China's most celebrated metalworkers!

Friday 15th March 2019

Assay Master Ashley Carson and Sheffield Assay Office staff were delighted to welcome Li Fuming one of China's most celebrated metalworkers. He founded Li Xiaobai Studio in 2008, since the companies establishment, Li Xiaobai Yinhu Studio has become one of the leading pure handmade silver production studios in China.  Adheri…

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Nickel allergy - Symptoms and causes

Friday 8th February 2019

Did you know that nickel allergy is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis — an itchy rash that appears where your skin touches a usually harmless substance. Nickel allergy is often associated with earrings and other jewellery but it can also be found in many everyday items such as coins, zips, mobile phones and spectacl…

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Guiding you through the hallmarking process

Friday 1st February 2019

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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Danny Smith promoted to Hallmarking Production Manager

Friday 25th January 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Danny Smith, a well-established member of our hallmarking team, has recently been promoted to Hallmarking Production Manager. Danny started his working life as a professional footballer with Sheffield Wednesday FC but football’s loss was our gain when he chose to swap chasing silverware with …

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