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New northern contemporary jewellery and silversmithing show announced

Friday 12th April 2019

Organisers have chosen the magnificent Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield as the back- drop for a new precious metals selling fair, the first of its kind in the region. Goldsmiths North will build on the success of The Goldsmiths’ Fair in London and the Elements Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold in Edinburgh when it takes…

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Jewellery testing in the 21st Century

Monday 25th March 2019

Sheffield Assay Office uses the latest X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) measuring technology to determine the precious metal content of articles received for hallmarking. Until around 15 years ago, tiny samples of metal had to be physically removed from the jewellery and sent to the laboratory for analysis by fire assay (for gold), pot…

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What is ICP-MS?

Friday 15th March 2019

By Dr Belen Morales, Head of Analytical Services Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is an instrumental technique which was first introduced in the early 1980’s to determine elemental content of water samples at trace levels. Over recent years new developments have eliminated the original disadvantages and expanded i…

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