Will my jewellery be hallmarked?
A hallmark is applied to silver, palladium, gold, and platinum items over specified weight. It indicates that the article has been independently tested at an Assay Office, and guarantees that it conforms to the legal standards of precious metal content, also known as the fineness.
The marks you will see on my jewellery include:
My registered Sponsor's Mark (LJ in a honeycomb pattern).
Depending on the weight of the item, an Assay Office Mark (an anchor for the Birmingham Assay Office where my sponsor mark is registered) and the relevant Fineness Mark(s) (e.g. 925 for sterling silver).
Hallmarking was originally introduced in 1300 by a Statute of Edward I and is one of the earliest forms of consumer protection.
1973 The Hallmarking Act
The 1973 Hallmarking Act was the culmination of a very lengthy and complex process involving over 30 statutes relating to hallmarking, some of which had been adjusted or partly repealed. Many included requirements inappropriate to the new economic and social situation. An overhaul of legislation was well overdue. Eventually the Hallmarking Act 1973 was passed, championed by Jerry Wiggin MP, a descendant of a Birmingham family associated with the Assay Office for generations.
The law applies to everything SOLD in the UK , regardless of where it may have been manufactured. The only exemptions are items which fall beneath the specified weight thresholds which are 1 gram for gold, 7.78 grams for silver, 0.5 grams for platinum and 1 gram for palladium.
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