Hallmarking Information

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).

My Commitment to Hallmarking

When it comes to manufacturing jewellery and silverware, precious metals (silver, palladium, gold and platinum) are rarely used in their purest form. Instead,they are usually alloyed with lesser metals to achieve a desired strength, durability, and colour. 

It is not possible to detect the precious metal content of an item by sight or by touch. It is, therefore, a legal requirement to have items consisting of silver, palladium, gold or platinum independently tested and then hallmarked before they can be described as such. Items must bear a hallmark at point of sale, subject to the following weight exemptions:

Silver: mandatory for items above 7.78 grams; gold: mandatory for items above 1 gram; palladium: mandatory for items above 1 gram; platinum: mandatory for items above 0.5 grams.

Small Dog Silver is registered with the Birmingham Assay Office, ensuring that my precious metal jewellery is compliant with the UK’s hallmarking regulations. All stock is subject to an internal confirmation process to ensure it meets the UK’s hallmarking regulations before it is dispatched to our customers.

(For articles that are below the UK hallmarking Act’s mandatory weight for hallmarking Small Dog Silver operates a separate due diligence process which involves periodic voluntary testing of items that fall below the mandatory weight to ensure they meet the minimum fineness requirement.)

We are proud to be an Assay Assured Jewellery Retailer.

Assay Assured status is only given to retailers who have been independently audited and verified by Assay Assured which is run and overseen by the Edinburgh Assay Office, and ensures that all precious metal jewellery (except items exempt by weight) are independently tested and hallmarked.

You can view my dealers notice here.