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Nickel allergy - Symptoms and causes

8
Feb
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

1
Feb
Friday 1st February 2019

If you have any objects that require the identification of hallmarks please do not hesitate to contact info@assayoffice.co.uk  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

25
Jan
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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Trading Standards Success thanks to the NAJ’s IRV

15
Jan
Tuesday 15th January 2019

An outrageous jewellery scam has been successfully prosecuted thanks to the efforts of Registered Valuer Graham Price FIRV.  A Mansfield woman was extorting money from the public by passing off CZ-set silver and base metal rings as platinum and diamonds. On Thursday 10th January  Ka Man Lam, 27, was fined the sum of £3,000 at N…

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Learn about assaying, testing and hallmarking of precious metals

11
Jan
Friday 11th January 2019

We welcome groups and societies to visit the Sheffield Assay Office. This is your opportunity to learn more about the assaying and hallmarking of precious metals and the work of the office over the last 244 years. Visits take place on Thursday and Friday, approx. duration 2.5 hrs. We ask for a minimum of 10 people and a maxim…

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